In with the new We needed a new website! Everybody at Citizens Online agreed. The previous version had served us well but it had become over-grown and harder to use and navigate over the years. Additionally, our old logo felt tired and out-dated, and we wanted a fresh image and to feel confidence in our… Continue Reading The Citizens Online website redesign
Social housing providers include Housing Associations, Registered Social Landlords and Local Authority Housing Teams and all need to consider the role of digital inclusion and skills (pdf) in the services they provide. Whilst almost half of those who are digitally excluded live in social housing, digital inclusion potentially gives tenants more choice and control and… Continue Reading Our Partnerships with Housing Providers
We’re working with a consortium of housing providers across Kent, to enable residents to use the internet and develop their digital skills. The consortium includes Town & Country Housing Group, Orbit, West Kent Housing Association and Golding Homes. The work is being part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of a programme of work called One Digital.
The overall aim of the new partnership is to improve tenants’ basic digital skills, and their confidence to access online opportunities and services. Almost half of those who are digitally excluded live in social housing. Digital inclusion can give tenants more choice and control, and better access to lower-cost, improved services.
The new partnership will begin with a research and partnership development project within Kent, focused on digital exclusion issues within the social housing sector. We’ll produce a detailed evidence base of the digital exclusion issues, focusing on some key areas, leading to an action plan for tackling these issues. Continue Reading New digital inclusion partnership in Kent!
At Citizens Online, we use the term ‘Digital Champion’ to refer to people who help others understand the benefits of using the internet and can show them how to do simple things online. We believe Digital Champions can make a huge difference to people’s lives. We advocate for the use of different types of Digital… Continue Reading Case Study: Professional Digital Champion
Latest News: Digital Inclusion for older people in Brighton and Hove (pdf) report published! Launched in 2015, Digital Brighton & Hove is one of our flagship projects and a great example of our Switch approach in practice. The Digital Brighton & Hove partnership grew out of a request from Brighton & Hove City Council for some… Continue Reading Digital Brighton and Hove
Citizens Online has been working in Gwynedd since 2011, commencing with one of 11 BT-funded “Get IT Together” projects and continuing from 2015 onwards with our “One Digital” programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Digital Gwynedd has developed significantly over this time and today our hugely successful project and the value of the work… Continue Reading Digital Gwynedd
Local Authorities have a number of duties which intersect with digital inclusion and skills: Service delivery: This involves sharing information and transacting with citizens. The more citizens can self‐serve online, the greater the efficiency savings. Services can also be improved by effective, well‐designed online processes; Commissioning, and in some cases provisioning, of relevant services such… Continue Reading Our Partnerships with Local Authorities
Citizens Online has partnered with businesses since our early days, when Microsoft sponsored us to produce a report on Corporate Social Responsibility in the IT sector. We began a long‐standing partnership with BT in 2002 to tackle the growing inequalities around internet use. That partnership has led to in‐depth support for over 50 communities. Businesses can have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and skills. Continue Reading Our Partnerships with Businesses