LIFT for Learning

LIFT for Learning


Charitable development hub creating and delivering projects to inspire learning



To demonstrate our belief that every child, young person and adult deserves a fair and equal chance to flourish in education — by harnessing the digital medium as a powerful tool for inclusion and social justice.





LIFT was charitably founded in 1995 by educators, developers and activists in a climate of rising technology usage, immense opportunities presented by the Information Revolution and growing awareness of a Digital Divide threatening deeper levels of exclusion for those most disadvantaged.

Originally called LIFT — Learning for Life with Technology, the organisation restructured in 2005 and adopted the shorter name of LIFT for Learning.

Activities between 1995–99 focused on community outreach and research. LIFT developed accessible IT guidance for community learning practitioners in schools, libraries, museums and neighbourhood centres, also partnering with local groups to run computer fun days.

In 2000 the Community Web programme was launched, offering IT workshops linked to popular themes. Its appeal led to Family Web, helping parents to support their children’s learning whilst gaining new skills and confidence for themselves as adult learners.

To address gaps in direct support of children whose literacy struggles prevented them from accessing the opportunities of the World Wide Web, LIFT launched the DigiSmart programme in 2002. It has expanded DigiSmart nationally year on year and plans to increase its availability across the UK.

LIFT undertakes other development projects — with passion, energy and purpose. It continues to pursue without compromise its charitable mission that technology is a powerful tool for inclusion and social justice.




Our programmes are developed from the grassroots up and address gaps in provision:



Our portfolio contains diverse resources for children, young people and adults, including:





LIFT for Learning
26–28 Hammersmith Grove
London W6 7BA

Phone: 0208 618 2056


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LIFT for Learning is a charitable organisation and a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England.
Company registration number 05544951.

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Our founding notebook!


Jacquie Disney, one of LIFT’s founders, is inspired whilst working in Cambodia and sets down ideas for a new approach to technology

First exhibition


Lord Puttnam (then Sir David Puttnam) delivers LIFT keynote speech at BETT, the UK’s leading educational technology show, 1996


Stationery with a lift!


It’s official: vibrant orange letterheads for LIFT and business cards that break the ice at meetings –— by literally lifting

Featured in Government initiative


Invited to participate in Department for Trade and Industry (DTi) conference announcing ‘IT for All’ wider access campaign

Formal launch at BAFTA


LIFT promotes its mission at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, with Lord Puttnam delivering a prophetic speech

Exploring a look …


Early design ideas for LIFT resources experiment with making IT more approachable – hand-drawn and focusing on people

First publication

First publication

Strategies for schools wanting to increase parental involvement using technology, with case studies of pioneering practice

Community computer funday


Breaking down barriers — LIFT goes on the road with popular hands-on events in venues not associated with IT, 1997–99

Getting the message

Getting the message

‘Putting the COMMUNITY into dotCOM’ — rallying call on first brochure as LIFT gears up for major programmes

First major proposal

First major proposal

Web of possibilities — LIFT seeks funding for far-reaching programme of resources and training. Secures first-ever grant support!

First office strong on history

First office strong on history

The year 2000: LIFT starts to develop and deliver Community Web from office space in a renovated Victorian Leathermarket

By popular demand

By popular demand

Demand from community partners for support to foster family learning through IT leads to a dedicated programme

Our yellow phase!


Huge fun developing and trialling Computer Playtime online resource in schools, libraries and voluntary sector venues

We launch DigiSmart


LIFT pilots DigiSmart, 2002, developed for children struggling with new literacy demands posed by the World Wide Web

Award makes us smile


Grant support and a delightful extra from the Roald Dahl Foundation (now Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity)

Speaking at 11 Downing Street

11 Downing Street

Reception at 11 Downing Street – opportunity for LIFT to talk about DigiSmart, SHINE grant support and measurable impact

Patron in a million

Patron in a million

LIFT asks actor & author Sheila Hancock, passionate about learning, if she will become Patron of DigiSmart. She agrees!

Experimenting with art


Art teachers encourage the creation of a Monet online quest, one of many resources in the LIFT development hub

LIFT Trustees gone — living on


Fiona McLean, 13 Nov 1952 – 4 Sept 2011
Strong, uncompromising, loyal

Barbara Mottershead, 3 May 1951 – 31 May 2014
Forthright, digital, brave

Inspirational team meeting

Angel of the North

LIFT training events in North East England allow time for a sense of wonder to inspire ambitious team planning

Blue sky developments

Creating adventurously

Creating adventurously — LIFT developer poses on the edge to support image requirements for new educational resource!