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Amanda Kirby receiving award from Mayor of West Midlands

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Cardiff digital start-up rises to the challenge to win West Midlands Mayor’s technology competition
Welsh technology start-up Do-IT Solutions has won the chance to work alongside the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street after developing a digital tool to help tackle youth unemployment.
Based in Cardiff, DoIT was one of four winners in the UrbanChallenge awards which were organised by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Govtech venture firm PUBLIC.
The competition aims to find ways to use technology to take on key future challenges and make the West Midlands a better place to live.
More than 120 entries from start-ups in 40 cities across eight countries were received and the winners of the four challenges were announced at iCentrum yesterday (Thursday). The winners each receive a prize worth £20,000 and a three-month pilot with the WMCA.
Do-IT won the youth unemployment challenge which asked start-ups to find innovative ways to help young people understand local job, training and entrepreneurial opportunities.
CEO Professor Amanda Kirby said: “The aim is to help and support disadvantaged young people to access local jobs, training and entrepreneurship opportunities through the identification of their skills and abilities, as well as the challenges in their lives.
“Targeted support and guidance will be provided for these young people, as well as for those working alongside them as trainers, employers, youth leaders, work coaches and advisors. We are delighted to be working with organisations and the Mayor in the West Midlands on this exciting project.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Technology has such an important part to play in transforming the efficiency and quality of public services which is why I was so keen to launch this competition and challenge technology start-ups to find answers.
“I made tackling youth unemployment one of the key commitments of my Mayoralty which is why it was one of the challenges set for this competition. I am really excited by the potential for the Do-IT project in helping us to make a real difference for young people here in the West Midlands.
“Over the coming months, the WMCA will be working with them to develop the concept for the West Midlands and I look forward to reporting back on our progress.”
 

Do-IT wins major award supporting youths into employment

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Do-IT wins major award supporting youths into employment

 

One in five unemployed youths has significant hidden challenges that make it difficult for them to find and retain a job. Do-IT Solutions, a Cardiff-based company, has just won the West Midlands Combined Authority’s prestigious Urban Challenge award (Youth section) with a project that engages with this group and offers them real hope for employment.

 

Do-IT’s winning proposal involved using its modular screening and assessment system, Profiler, to help identify a young person’s strengths, as well as the challenges they face. Profiler takes into account the complexities of life in the 21st century and uses a holistic approach to address the whole person and their past history.

 

CEO Professor Amanda Kirby says: “The aim is to help and support disadvantaged young people to access local job, training and entrepreneurship opportunities through the identification of their skills and abilities as well as the challenges in their lives. Targeted support and guidance will be provided for these young people, as well as for those working alongside them as trainers, employers, youth leaders, work coaches and advisors. We are delighted to be working with organisations in West Midlands on this exciting project”.

 

Do-IT has worked with a range of organisations and institutions to help ensure a fit-for-purpose service, including welfare to work, apprenticeship schemes, the Criminal Justice System and social services across the UK.

 

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Contact Amanda Kirby

Phone: 07770 834 010

E-mail: amandak@doitprofiler.com

 

Do-IT Solutions Limited,

Ty Derw,

Lime Tree Court,

Cardiff Business Park,

Cardiff, CF23 8AB

www.doitprofiler.com

Kirby highlights how information can be reassuring in article with mybaba.com

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Advice and guidance can start early with raising awareness of learning difficulties including DCD/Dyspraxia.

An article as an expert was published on website mybaba.com and  highlights what to look for as we know we can pick up some signs and symptoms of DCD/Dyspraxia in early years.

See http://www.mybaba.com/recognising-signs-symptoms-dcd-dyspraxia/

Kirby, academic on the “Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment” report.

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The Westminster AchieveAbility Commission report “Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment”  launched in House of Commons on 22nd January highlights the startling gap in employment for those with neurodiversity

Amanda Kirby was one of the leading academics involved in this report.

http://www.achieveability.org.uk/main/policy/wac-report-is-released

Prison Service Journal publication

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Do-IT Solutions are delighted to have an article ( with colleague Hayley Gibbon at University of South Wales) published in the Prison Service Journal : https://lnkd.in/g7quqqZ on: 

Rationale and use of computer screening tools in prisons for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Do-IT Profiler has been used for 10 years in prisons in the UK. For more information please contact amandak@doitprofiler.com

We are increasingly recognising from research of the need for person centred approaches to support and intervention and the need to gather information to consider cumulative adversity.

New paper published by Amanda Kirby on DCD/Dyspraxia in adulthood

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Professor Kirby and colleague Miri Tal Saban have just published a review article in the international journal of Current Developmental Disorders Reports on Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia in adulthood using ICF( WHO) principles and demonstrating a working model. See:

http://rdcu.be/ESYx

DCD occurs in 3-5% of the population and is far more common than Autism. It remains one of the cinderella conditions in the neurodevelopmental disorders. It is sometimes called Dyspraxia as well.

Professor Amanda Kirby talking on TV about poor labelling of children’s sweets that don’t highlight colourings

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Amanda was on BBC Wales X-Ray on 30th October talking about varying and poor labeling of children’s sweets that don’t comply with EU law. There are 6 colours that are supposed to be clearly labeled as they cause hyperactivity in some children. About 1 in 3 children with ADHD may be more sensitive to colourings.

 

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