Citizens Online has been working in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, and all seven district councils in the county, to support as many people as possible with digital skills and access to technology, and to create a local network of organisations working on digital inclusion. Continue Reading Helping North Yorkshire residents get online
Anna Dolphin started work as a Digital Champion with the Digital Brighton & Hove project in August. She reflects on her first weeks in the role… Continue Reading Introducing Anna
As witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the power of communities and networks is in being able to draw on trusted relationships, both at individual and organisational levels, to tackle common challenges together. The foundations we’ve put in place in Brighton & Hove over the past few years, and the relationships and mutual trust we’ve built over this period, have been vital in enabling us to quickly react to the pandemic.
When we embarked on a new stage of the Digital Brighton & Hove project last summer, little did we know that we would end up recruiting a new local project team to help deliver tablets to vulnerable people, be providing remote digital skills support for people via Zoom and supporting a growing local network of local organisations needing to rapidly shift their services online.
This was at least the aim until Covid-19 hit all of our lives and disrupted the plan. But with disruption also comes opportunities and focus – and if ever there was a time to draw on the range of skills, experience and knowhow from our engaged local network, Covid-19 lockdown was it! Continue Reading Covid-19 and digital inclusion: Digital Brighton & Hove’s response so far
We’re really excited to launch our research report into digital exclusion in population screening programmes in England. We were asked by Public Health England to undertake an in depth assessment of changes to the way the service is likely to communicate in future. PHE have plans to move away from printed information leaflets and increasingly directing the public towards information online: web pages, downloadable PDFs, animations and videos. Continue Reading Citizens Online launches research into Digital Exclusion in population screening programmes
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration will hold two virtual evidence hearings on Zoom next week, as part of its ongoing inquiry into efforts to reach isolated groups during the COVID-19 crisis. An initial session on Tuesday 14 April will look specifically at how digital divides are impacting on groups and individuals. Continue Reading MPs’ COVID-19 Inquiry asks if digital divides are increasing isolation
People of all ages may experience digital inequality, but older people are more likely to be in this group. They are also at higher risk of being affected by the Coronavirus and being additionally socially isolated. This means they are more likely to be cut off from essential support without skills, confidence and access to online help. We are concerned about the possible implications and are determined to put our knowledge and experience to good use. Continue Reading Citizens Online Calls for Free Internet For All during Covid-19
Universal Credit is the hot potato; the unruly party guest that won’t leave and no one knows how to handle without a scene. Here’s why we’re worried. Continue Reading Universal Credit — Digital Inclusion’s Unruly Party Guest
We’ve come to realise that there are some significant needs across the social sector regarding how to change organisational approaches to digital.
A change that requires new approaches, new skills and a new culture — a journey of discovery which staff, volunteers, leaders, trustees and service users alike need to embark on together. Continue Reading Creating a more digitally confident Brighton & Hove — it’s happening, join the ride