Social projects to make life better for those who need it most

Making a difference

Here at LAS, we love using our digital learning design and development skills to make life that bit better. Giving back is something that is very important to us.

We've been involved in a number of social projects to improve skills for under-represented groups, to enhance well-being and to help with big societal problems. Here are some examples of the projects we have worked on. We are also proud to support a number of fantastic charities through our profits.

If you are a third sector organisation or have an idea for a social project using digital learning, we'd love to hear from you.

LAS Charities for 2019

Each year the LAS team choose a selection of charities to donate a proportion of our profits to. These are charities that are supported by team members through volunteering, fundraising or personal donations. They may also have helped them, their families and/or friends through difficult times. This year we are very proud to be supporting four fantastic organisations:

Plan International UK - A children's charity taking action for children's rights. They encourage and help children, particularly girls in developing countries, to take an active role on finding solutions to their problems and realising their rights and full potential.

Zoe's Place Baby Hospice Coventry - Zoe's Place provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants suffering form life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Buddy Bag Foundation - Buddy Bags are essential items in a rucksack for children entering emergency care after fleeing violent situations at home.

Young Minds - Helps children and young people through mental health difficulties, so that they are supported and empowered, whatever their challenges.

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NoObesity Apps - Reducing Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a real and growing problem in the UK. It costs the National Health Service (NHS) and the economy £billions per year. More importantly, it detrimentally affects the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people, putting them at a much higher risk of some illnesses and diseases.

If weight issues can be successfully addressed in childhood by embedding healthier habits around diet and exercise, their quality of life as adults will be dramatically improved.

LAS partnered with Health Education England and worked with obesity experts and health psychologists to create two innovative linked behaviour change apps. The first helps families set realistic goals to improve their health and wellbeing and make incremental steps towards achieving those goals. The second app links to the first to help health professionals provide better support to them in their journeys

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Cuppa - Microlearning for the Care Sector

People are living longer and our aging population means that the social care sector needs to grow substantially. Care workers are often low paid and under-supported, and yet it is vital that they are well-trained and able to deal appropriately and safely with care situations as they arise.

The care workforce is often dispersed, mobile and time-poor. Budgets are tight and care managers need staff to learn on the job. At the time, the available social care elearning was not fit for purpose, requiring lengthy spells at a computer and being very much tell-and-test, rather than performance-based.

LAS partnered with Sara Dunn Associates to win funding from the Ufi to create engaging online learning and performance support for the care sector, delivered to their phones, which harnesses the learning potential of everyday care work.

These bite-sized resources are concise, workplace-specific and can be done in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.

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