Teaching children creativity

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Who are they?

Where are they?
Working across Yorkshire, the NW and nationally.

What do they do?
Support the idea of creativity in education.

How big are they?
21 staff.

What did they receive?
Microsoft Small Business Server plus standard user CALs, Windows Terminal Services Device CALs, Office Professional Plus, Project, Windows 7 Professional upgrades.

The outcome?
Remote access transforms the organisation’s internal communications.
 CapeUK is an educational charity. Working on the belief that children tend to be taught ‘mechanistically’ in schools, the charity seeks to provide a re-emphasis on creativity and innovation.
CapeUK aims to equip, influence and support young people and all those who work with young people, to place creativity at the centre of learning and personal development.
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“We explore problem solving skills, thinking skills, taking risks, use of imagination and initiation –a variety of life skills,” explains Jo Garnham-Parks, Operations Director of CapeUK. “We work with a many organisations such as; schools, museums and galleries, creative and cultural organisations, local authorities, businesses, universities, children’s services and also individual creative practitioners. We run programmes across Yorkshire and the North West, but having a national and international influence.”

“We also advise the Government on creative learning in the curriculum,” she adds.
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The charity has just 21 staff, but works with many freelance associates across the country – creating the need for tight communication within the organisation.

“We were using an outdated open source system,” explains Jo. “We couldn’t do basic things such as sharing our diaries, and there was no remote access possible, which was a real barrier to access. We have lots of staff out there in the field, and it was really affecting our work.”

Through CTX, the charity applied for a donation from Microsoft – including the Small Business Server software which would address many of their problems.

“I’d seen the CTX scheme mentioned in a magazine,” recalls Jo, describing her first impressions of the concept as “is this too good to be true – or what?”

“We’d have limped along without the software, perhaps for a year or eighteen months – but it’s enabled us to expand.”

“Remote access has revolutionised my life,” Jo enthuses. “I work across three offices, but now my phone links in to the server and we can pick up what we need. The whole effectiveness of it has transformed things – previously we needed flipcharts and whiteboards just to know where everybody was.”

The charity is now starting to roll out Microsoft Project – software with which Jo is familiar from her previous job.

“It’ll allow me to have a coherent look at everything that’s going on within the charity. I’ve always used it, and it was a package I wanted to introduce here – we were project managing on spreadsheets before,” she says.

“The CTX process was completely straightforward,” she concludes. “In fact, it was a doddle. I expected reams and reams of paperwork, which is what usually happens. But it was all incredibly smooth, easy and cheap.”



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