DECV is a charity based within the Lifelong Learning Centre, Thurnscoe and provides community based training and resources to the Dearne Valley public.
The overall aim of DECV is to engage local residents in community website building/development activities, creating a virtual community and promoting social inclusion. DECV Ltd exists to provide free public access to ICT resources in a safe, friendly, supportive, empathic, and non-intimidating environment to meet individual needs.
The ultimate aim is to reach people from the community who for a variety of reasons such as lack of confidence, personal resources, or fear of technology, do not have the opportunity to participate in an increasingly IT focussed society. The group acknowledges that some people have rejected formal educational just as the education system rejects some of our community, DECV Ltd therefore aims to advance education by allowing those people who would not otherwise access computer technology, the opportunity to have public access to IT equipment, which will give them access to information, internet and Email facilities. They also provide excellent expertise and mentoring to ensure that a greater number of local residents have the opportunity to learn an important key skill.
DECV Tutor & Development worker Rory Garforth explains ‘we are creating and launching a community run web hub. I work with around 200 learners a year and the DECV has approximately 2000 mainly local members ranging from 8 years to 90+ years old. We offer mentoring and courses on ICT, photography, Music Tech, Maths and English etc. which are always accredited. At present, a lot of the locals we work with are generally unemployed, so we also offer Jobsearch and CV Preparation.’