History/Background of Organisation

The Initiative Factory was established in 1998 and its key objectives are to relieve poverty, sickness and hardship and to advance education within Merseyside.

The Initiative Factory operates in Liverpool and one of its founding purposes is to alleviate poverty and hardship amongst dockworkers and their families and dependants on Merseyside and to promote and support educational and training schemes. Those aims and objectives are now being extended to the wider community of Merseyside.

Since its inception The Initiative Factory has been extremely active in these areas particularly in developing its capacity to deliver education and training activities.

Volunteers are critical in the success of work undertaken by The Initiative Factory, as are partnerships with organisations, which have similar goals and objectives.

Geographical Area

The Initiative Factory operates across Merseyside with particular focus for its activities on or around the Liverpool City Centre. This area experiences multiple deprivations and is home to many disadvantaged groups including refuges and asylum seekers, ethnic minority groups, lone parent families and those most economically disadvantaged within society.

A Factory of Ideas

The concept of the Initiative Factory is based upon a partnership between traditional educational institutions, the private sector and the creative arts sector. With the potential of information and communications technologies (ICT's) the project will develop it's established international partnership base for the benefit of the local community. The IF will particularly target those who have left the education system with a negative attitude - young people currently within the education system who cannot relate to learning, and older age groups wishing to explore computer technology for the first time

The Initiative Factory will act as an incubator unit for schemes with an emphasis on the use of leading edge technologies. It will provide a factory for community led initiatives covering social, economic, employment, educational and environmental issues.

29 Hope Street will provide the potential of a working space (factory) to plan, access and deliver community based initiatives. This building is ideally situated in what JMU terms its 'Digital Quarter' being in an acknowledged 'area of learning'. The Hope St. location is central and accessible to the Urban Areas. The building itself will be open to the community and it is further envisaged that the creative/performing/learning arts element will complement delivery of educational/personal development/ICT skills that will be available. Its academic credentials will be publicized through the IF's firm partnership base with JMU as well as the University of Washington and California whose students will be 'online' participants on an ICT project, that has acquired ESF funding, for 25 beneficiaries which began in February 1999.



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