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Fatima’s Zoom project helps Camden Disability Action net tablets


Reported by Fatima

Published on Friday, August 13th, 2021

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Fatima’s Zoom project helps Camden Disability Action net tablets


Written by Fatima

Published on Friday, August 13th, 2021

Leadership

 

I am really proud that my Zoom project helped Camden Disability Action win a grant from the Good Things Foundation.

Lots of people applied to them and Camden Disability Action’s bid was really strong and it went through because of my Zoom project and all the work I have done so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Good Things Foundation is a social change charity that supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital technology. The Foundation has just awarded Camden Disability Action lots of tablets, which will be used to create a digital hub at the Greenwood Centre.

I am doing the Zoom project as part of Camden Disability Action’s Leadership Programme. The programme is supporting me and other Disabled people to lead the way on issues we are passionate about and become leaders in our communities.

I’m really passionate about helping Disabled people to learn about Zoom because I know it can help them connect with friends, loved ones and professionals too. That’s important because a lot of Disabled people are isolated and many Disabled people were alone during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not long ago, I didn’t know anything about Zoom myself, but CDA’s Community Inclusion Worker Carly Halpin taught me how it works and now I am passing on my skills to other Disabled people.

The main work I’ve done so far is create an easy-read guide to using Zoom, a flyer promoting my project and a feedback form. I’ve put all those things together in files and sent them out to people with a learning disability.

A zoom guide
The Zoom guide Fatima has created as part of her Zoom project.

Because of the pandemic, it’s been hard to deliver training sessions so far, but I have delivered one session to a woman with a learning disability at a café. It went quite well but the woman still wasn’t that confident with Zoom and I think I need to give her another session. That’s ok; it can take time for people to learn new things.

Once the digital hub is up and running at the Greenwood Centre I will hopefully be able to deliver more face-to-face training sessions there.

I have found a few support workers aren’t familiar with Zoom or how to download it, so one important part of the work will be guiding the support workers on how to download Zoom so that people have it on their equipment before the training sessions start.

I am really happy that my project has got off to a good start and that I am going to be helping Disabled people connect to others so they feel less isolated.

A form giving guidance on how to use Zoom
A section from Fatima’s zoom guide.
Part of a manual explaining how to use Zoom.
A section of Fatima’s zoom guide.

 

Written by Fatima


My name is Fatima Begum My background is that I’m from Bangladesh 🇧🇩 but originally I was born in the United Kingdom. I have taken part in Camden Disability Action leadership programme since June 2020. I felt I was taking ideas and actions on what my project and presentation should be about and when the first lockdown started I decided I would work on a project and presentation about Zoom. I honestly can’t believe that people are starting to like my project and presentation about zoom and knowing how important it is and knowing how to use it on different equipments. I can speak for myself, I did not know anything about Zoom until Carly told me and explained it to me. It has given me fresh perspective of being connected with my support online and has made lockdown a lot better for me. It has helped my confidence to talk to people online using video call platforms. I honestly feel proud of myself that I was able to learn something new during lockdown. I feel like I have more support now because of everything online. I’m hoping to get a job when all this ends and now that I can use a laptop better that has really helped me. I’m happy 😃 of learning new skills since lockdown started. I have taken part in community journalism training and I have learnt a new skill on recording my own voice on audio which I have not done ✅ before but now I feel I have learnt how to record my own voice on audio and talk about  important things that matters to me and I’m happy to share my stories on the website. It gives other people the chance to look at my stories and read about my stories on the website.

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