Citizens Online calls for digital skills shake-up
In a white paper jointly published today with channel shift experts, Trapeze Transformation, they say that current initiatives are unlikely to substantially reduce the Digital Divide and that a new “Systemic” approach is needed.
The research suggests that statutory bodies in local communities, including the local council, Job Centre Plus and Housing Associations, will only succeed in tacking digital exclusion if they collaborate with voluntary sector organisations to build an evidenced based “digital ecosystem”.
In Orkney, we are working closely with staff from partner agencies and other community planning partners, as well as with individuals and community groups, to both highlight the benefits of digital inclusion and to provide opportunities and support for local residents to go online.
About Citizens Online
Citizens Online is a national charity that was set up to tackle the issues of digital exclusion, to make sure that the Internet is available to everybody and to help individuals and communities understand and gain the benefits of being online.
We work in a number of ways, offering a powerful approach to digital inclusion that can be both sustainable and scalable.
The Get IT Together programme promotes digital inclusion amongst disadvantaged communities across the UK. The approach involves a 3-year community development process, managed by a full time project coordinator.
Whether you are helping others become digitally included or you need a little more support yourself, check out the resources on the Get IT Together website.
Alternatively, select the button below to find out more about a project near you.
We have a number of Case Studies from the current Get IT Together programme.
Get IT Together - Bristol delivers free IT sessions for Ashley Community Housing.
Volunteering helps Brian back into work.
Conference celebrates successes of the Get IT Together project, and looks at the future of digital inclusion provision in Leeds.
Citizens Online on Video
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The results of the two year Citizens Online Get IT Together Research study are now available. The study has found that after two years: 75% of learners are still online and 98% are regular internet users. There is a steady uptake in broadband installations, with 84% of learners having home broadband after two years. 80% […]