Place Category: Digital
Cosmic is a professional digital agency based in Honiton, East Devon. We design, build and host websites, support organisations with social media, search engine optimisation and pay-per-click consultancy and management.
We also provide expertise through IT technical support, IT training, leadership and social enterprise consultancy.
Cosmic is a social enterprise, which means our business has a social aim; to ensure the benefits of living in a digital world are available to everyone.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Cosmic.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated February 2016
1) Promoting digital inclusion
Digital inclusion has remained our primary social value throughout the past 12 months.
We are very aware of the issues, challenges and barriers that people encounter in and around IT. We encourage and address technology issues which people, businesses and organisations face, particularly in rural areas, making sure that they can access good internet, gain good digital skills and help them to improve their lives, businesses and their communities.
Our three main objectives within digital inclusion are to improve capability, content and connectivity through our workshops and general service delivery.
One recent example of this is through our work on the Yarlington Online programme, which we deliver on behalf of Yarlington Housing Association. It supports their most disadvantaged individuals and communities to become more digitally aware. This has been particularly important with the imminent arrival of the Welfare reform changes, the digitisation of government services and the introduction of universal job match.
The main focus of this project has been around tailored 1-2-1 sessions with individuals either in their homes or in a public place. The nature of these appointments varies from person to person. We have helped residents to log on to the internet for the first time, explore the options of staying safe online, helped to create social media pages to help keep in touch with loved ones, discussed the benefits of online banking, looked at searching for information on line and finally helped with computer basics to create the opportunity for people to build on the 5 essential digital skills needed today.
2) Health and wellbeing
As well as the work we do around digital inclusion, over the past 12 months we have specifically focused health and wellbeing as a key social impact; we have delivered this primarily through the assisted use of digital technologies to help people better their lives. This can be anything from contacting relatives around the globe so as not to feel isolated, to receiving tuition on sending emails to enable you to apply for jobs.
An example of our social impact in this area is our work on the Get Up To Speed project. The programme supports individuals to harness IT in their everyday lives and relate to IT and how it can be beneficial to them and improve their life chances. We researched and mapped the areas of multiple deprivation and from that agreed the locations in which to target and support residents.
3) Tackling youth unemployment
Over the past 12 months youth unemployment has remained one of Cosmic’s main social impacts. As Cosmic was originally setup as an internet café primarily used by young people, it seemed only fitting that not only have many young people begun their careers at Cosmic but also that we continue to deliver social impact in the sector mainly by offering employment opportunities for young people.
In the past we have tackled this in a majority of ways, one most recent project we embarked on to tackle this was our Digital Apprenticeships programme. The scheme offered 6 young people a chance to work on and grow their skills in Digital IT and an employment situation. We feel this was a unique opportunity for these young people, not only have they gained a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Digital Skills and IT, but they are also getting a chance to work with a highly skilled team of experts in numerous areas of IT, such as, training, social networking, web design, e-marketing and technical support. On top of that they were given training and mentoring, by some of the best UK digital businesses, including Mole Valley Farmers and Yarlington Housing Society.
Since the project we have become positioned ourselves as influencers for the digital skills agenda. It is clear that there is a significant skills shortage around digital skills within the South West, so have been working with educational establishments, businesses and public sectors to highlight the issues and have been working with them to tackle the issue.