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The Labour Party - Face book page/ Link to Labour Party Wales Website posted on 11 Feb 2017
This is a link to the Labour Party in Wales Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WelshLab/ This is the Link to Labour Party Wales/ Llafur Cymru http://www.welshlabour.wales
Getting people to vote (Source: Wikihow) posted on 11 Feb 2017
The task that we have in the weeks ahead to ensure that both Kate and Miqdad are re-elected will mean that we have to get the vote out by speaking to as many people on the doorsteps as possible. No doubt there are seasoned canvassers within the branch but the attached may also be of use. http://www.wikihow.com/Convince-Someone-to-Vote
Newport City Council Election Results 2012 (Source Wikipedia) posted on 11 Feb 2017
It may be useful to look at the most recent Newport City Election results from 2012 - you will find the results for Stow Hill amongst them Go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_City_Council_election,_2012#Stow_Hill
Stow Hill - a breakdown of the Ward posted on 11 Feb 2017
In December 2015 Newport City Council produced a 'Ward profile' for each of the Newport Ward. This is the link for the Stow Hill Ward demographic breakdown http://www.newport.gov.uk/documents/NewportAtlas/WardProfiles/2015/STOW-HILL.pdf
Newport Ward Profile for Stow Hill posted on 11 Feb 2017
In December 2015 Newport City Council produced a 'Ward profile' for each of the Newport Ward. This is the link for the Stow Hill Ward demographic breakdown http://www.newport.gov.uk/documents/NewportAtlas/WardProfiles/2015/STOW-HILL.pdf
Campaign Started posted on 9 Feb 2017
David Crowson made a succinct presentation of the VocalEyes concept and the desirability of increasing and improving engagement with LP members of the ward using the digital medium. I was very pleased to see so many members turn out to the meeting on 1st November to select the LP candidates for Stow Hill. Both Kate and I are very pleased at the confidence put in us to stand and retain the 2 seat. We have already started the campaign through the Stow Hill News, our Christmas Edition of the Newsletter and very recently last weekend when we knocked on doors in the Stow Park area including Coldra Rd and Llandaff St. I would like to say knocking on doors can be fun when you have a team of members wanting to take part. It was good to ask residents how they feel about their street, council services and the problems they experience. I think it would be good to ask LP members of the ward about we can improve our engagement with our residents using both traditional and digital technology. I look forward to hearing some good and practical idea. POne such idea could be that we set up a stall near the school gate or in the shopping area by friars walk and try to engage with people who live in Stow Hill. It doesn't matter if other residents talk to us from other areas in Newport. Both Kate and I speak on behalf of the city centre because it lies in Stow Hill. Please let me know what you think.
Fantastic Effort From Bristol Students posted on 12 Dec 2016
Thanks to all students who have made an effort to 'have your say' by rating and debating each other's ideas and also adding your own. There's been a wealth of ideas added this term (2016) which makes a great contribution to ensuring that our college progresses and improves by taking your priorities on board. This is the impact (so far): Total Interactions: 42830 1785 students are actively participating on VocalEyes; contributing 380 ideas with 39,656 ratings, 357 replies and 2437 comments. We've trailed 3 Projects (including sorting out Yoga sessions and a Mental Health drop-in event) that required a total of 5 resources with 107 pledges made to help. So far we have generated 69 actions with 31 learning and 34 tangible outcomes.
2 levels of Group Administration are now available posted on 7 Nov 2016
1. Group Editors Users who have access to the Group Administration section and who can manage the group and edit its content. Group Editors DO NOT have access to any users details including their username. 2. Group Administrators Users who have access to the Group Administration section including the User section and have access to users profile information. More info here: http://tinyurl.com/vocaleyes-group-roles
You can now embed videos in ideas posted on 6 Nov 2016
Simply paste the YouTube or Vimeo link into the idea description and the video will appear.
Debit/Credit Card Facility posted on 28 Sep 2016

The facility to use your debit/credit card in the canteen and snack cafe has now been implemented.

During a Class Representative Meeting held at the Gorseinon Campus at the start of the year, students were given the chance to speak directly to Management from a variety of areas regarding the issues that had been raised within their tutorial classes by their peers.  The main focus was the need for a debit/credit card facility to pay for refreshments at the Canteen and Snack Bar.  Following the meeting, a very high level of requests and comments were posted on VocalEyes through the single sign in on Moodle.

Thanks to all the students who actively became members of VocalEyes to push this idea forward, the Management Team have provided this facility.  Staff and students now have the option to use their debit/credit card to buy refreshments in the Canteen and Snack Bar at Gorseinon and the Canteen in Tycoch.

 

 

 

New "Engaged Users" graph now live posted on 24 May 2016
This graph in Group Admin shows administrators both the number of "registered" members and the number of "engaged/active" members. This is very useful when trying to determine how effective engagement strategies have been.
Steering group goes digital! posted on 19 May 2016
The Mid and West Wales Arts and Education Network has made a sterling start to engaging as a network and totalled 970 interactions during the meeting alone! they have contributed 98 ideas with 775 ratings, 8 replies and 89 comments.There is 1 Project that requires a total of 1 resource with 5 pledges made so far.
So far they have generated 6 actions with 3 learning and 0 tangible outcomes.
There are also 2 news entries.
The Mid and West Wales Arts and Education Network steering group launched posted on 19 May 2016
Powered by VocalEyes and facilitated by Matt Little from Rio (Real Ideas Organisation) the Mid and west Wales Arts and Education Network steering group met today at UWTSD to kickstart this project to invigorate the inclusion of art and creativity in learning and teaching. 
VocalEyes Tech Development Updates: April 2016 posted on 25 Apr 2016

It's been quite a short milestone this month as we wanted to update and release various tweaks and fixes as quickly as possible. 
Here is a summary:
For users:
- When you rate, the screen will automatically scroll to the comment box.
- Email address can now be changed before it getting activated (ie. to correct typos).
- Topic shortcodes sneaked in to the code before this release, we now made them look better.
- Better navigation in Group News and Global News (Ideas Into Action).
- Fixed various mobile and desktop layout issues.

For admins
- Group Admin content lists now sorted by date descending.
- Edit button will now show on Global News (Ideas Into Action) entries for admins.

...and many bug fixes!

Please keep your feedback coming...

A4D present vision at Cardiff Bay event posted on 23 Mar 2016

Four members of Swansea's A4D planning group travelled on Saturday 19th March to Cardiff's Senedd – the home of the National Assembly for Wales. They'd been invited to take part in a special day of events celebrating the end of the first phase of the National Theatre of Wales' 3-year long Big Democracy Project.

In a programme including performances by theatre groups, poets and musicians, A4D's invitation to a half-hour slot attracted around 60 people: ‘Democracy, if ever alive is now 'more dead' than living; its semblance just a sham. The little life left in it is being stealthily stifled by the greed and manipulative grip of the corporations controlling people's freedom and gravely endangering this planet. So join us in designing, building and operating a richer, deeper form of direct democracy.


This half-hour introductory session shares a snapshot of what has already begun. We'll be using all the means available to explore a fairer future based on people powered free expression and collaborative actions for sustainable living.’

Helen Johns, from the teachers union NASUWT, gave a passionate account of the battle with Swansea Council to prevent the termination, without any consultation of parents and children, of an Education Service in Trehafod clinic, for some of Swansea's most vulnerable children - Child and Adolescent Mental Health pupils, that led her to A4D after she realised that local democracy is broken.

A4D convenor Gerry Gold widened the focus from the local to the national and global explaining that we were re-imagining democracy in response to the rapid growth of inequality, showing how the system of corporations had merged with parliamentary democracy transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%.

With the majority of the audience waving mobile phones in the air, Peter Anderson invited them to sign-on there and then to the Wales country group on digital democracy platform Vocaleyes and respond to the question 'How can we bring democracy to life in Wales? First up was a seven year-old, showing everyone the way, with a proposal for a free Legoland in Cardiff!!

A4D's performance evoked a lively participation – vocally, digitally and on paper, with the local Women's Equality Party candidate Ruth Williams sharing a photo-opportunity on facebook and twitter.

Swansea A4D presents vision at Cardiff Bay Event posted on 23 Mar 2016

Four members of Swansea's A4D planning group travelled on Saturday 19th March to Cardiff's Senedd – the home of the National Assembly for Wales. They'd been invited to take part in a special day of events celebrating the end of the first phase of the National Theatre of Wales' 3-year long Big Democracy Project.

In a programme including performances by theatre groups, poets and musicians, A4D's invitation to a half-hour slot attracted around 60 people: ‘Democracy, if ever alive is now 'more dead' than living; its semblance just a sham. The little life left in it is being stealthily stifled by the greed and manipulative grip of the corporations controlling people's freedom and gravely endangering this planet. So join us in designing, building and operating a richer, deeper form of direct democracy.


This half-hour introductory session shares a snapshot of what has already begun. We'll be using all the means available to explore a fairer future based on people powered free expression and collaborative actions for sustainable living.’

Helen Johns, from the teachers union NASUWT, gave a passionate account of the battle with Swansea Council to prevent the termination, without any consultation of parents and children, of an Education Service in Trehafod clinic, for some of Swansea's most vulnerable children - Child and Adolescent Mental Health pupils, that led her to A4D after she realised that local democracy is broken.

A4D convenor Gerry Gold widened the focus from the local to the national and global explaining that we were re-imagining democracy in response to the rapid growth of inequality, showing how the system of corporations had merged with parliamentary democracy transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%.

With the majority of the audience waving mobile phones in the air, Peter Anderson invited them to sign-on there and then to the Wales country group on digital democracy platform Vocaleyes and respond to the question 'How can we bring democracy to life in Wales? First up was a seven year-old, showing everyone the way, with a proposal for a free Legoland in Cardiff!!

A4D's performance evoked a lively participation – vocally, digitally and on paper, with the local Women's Equality Party candidate Ruth Williams sharing a photo-opportunity on facebook and twitter.


Cardiff University Students Are Go! posted on 23 Mar 2016

International students studying at Cardiff University utilised VocalEyes as part of their course recently using VE to agree ideas to improve the Urban Design course. They also posted ideas for improving community engagement.

Within an hour, all the students had used their mobile phones, tablets and laptops with their ideas appearing on the wall via the projector. Over 30 ideas were suggested, debated and rated in this short session designed to trial the use of VocalEyes in the classroom.


Dog Fouling posted on 17 Mar 2016
successful campaign recieved positive press coverage
Fun day launch success posted on 10 Mar 2016
VocalEyes was successfully launched at the Coastal Housing Tenant Fun Day where a luck winner was handed a new tablet device (to beer use VocalEyes) and about 50 tenants signed up and used the system for the first time. 
VocalEyes Development Updates: March 2016 posted on 8 Mar 2016
Thank you for all your feedback recently. We've made good progress with mobile development in this Milestone as well as some nice user interface updates. Here is a summary;

For users:
- Simplified the Add New button
- Layout changes to make things simple, and a little more visual
- Mobile site also got a little lighter
- Tour Mode added, if you still didn't find your way
- Pie Chart graphs to show the average rating, the voting profile of an idea and the number of users engaged.

For admins
- All groups have a default logo and header image, make sure you upload one that's more personal to your group
- Modules can be turned off / on, so they aren't in the way if not used; we programatically removed modules your group doesn't use, but you can easily reactivate them in Group Admin

...and many bug fixes!