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.
Fix the Web
Poor standards of web accessibility mean many disabled people are excluded from using big parts of the internet.
Fix the Web is offering a solution! Disabled people report problems in under a minute. Volunteers take these issues forward with website owners.
We have a number of Case Studies from the current Get IT Together programme.
Digital champion workshop at Bristol Debt Advice Centre.
Classes help Brenda to send her first email.
Partnership working in Orkney helps tenant Jim Reid to get online
Citizens Online on Video
Project Coordinator Anita Kelly discusses Get IT Together - Northern Island.
National digital inclusion project, Citizens Online is looking for new volunteers to support their project in Gwynedd. We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to help local learners to learn about computers and how to get online. Citizens Online is setting up free weekly IT drop in sessions in Caernarfon, Dolgellau and Pwllheli to […]
Citizens Online has published the final Get IT Together report. The report highlights the successes of the programme and includes a comprehensive evaluation of the benefits of being online for individuals – for example, finding employment; reducing social isolation and having more confidence. The programme has been structured to ensure there is a lasting legacy […]
When faced with new technology, sometimes a little help is all you need to open up a world of new opportunities. Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Citizens Online are working together to help people get the skills they need to make the most from the internet. In Nairn, members of the BIG Club, that helps […]