Carwyn Jones recently attended one of the Digital Drop In Sessions in the Porthmadog area looking for support. During the drop-in sessions Carwyn was helped by Rachel Martin, a Digital Champion with the Digital Gwynedd scheme, to set-up a new email address, organise his online job searches and completing benefit applications. After attending the sessions for three weeks he secured a new job in a local shop. Continue Reading Carwyn gets online, and back to work
Sylvie is 88 years old and has lived in a Seniors Housing scheme in Hollingdean, Brighton, for a number of years. A keen IT learner and crochet enthusiast, she has been making the most of the monthly digital gadget drop-ins run by our community Digital Champion, Josie Jeffery, for the past six months. Continue Reading 88 year-old Sylvie gets online in Brighton & Hove
As the dust settles after the launch of the new Essential Digital Skills Framework, I’m reflecting on the subtle shifts and changes in the language that we use around digital learning in our society and how we can take forwards this vital piece of work across the UK. Continue Reading Essential Digital Skills – Language and Leadership
Citizens Online have experience and expertise in guiding social housing providers to develop strategies and action plans for digital inclusion. We have worked with: Glasgow Housing Association, Clarion Housing Group, Paragon and Sanctuary Housing, Plymouth Community, North Hertfordshire, Staffordshire Rural Homes, and Viridian.
Frontline housing association staff can act as Digital Champions, showing residents how they can find what they need online. Staff can also signpost to other sources of support, access and training for digital skills. Continue Reading Our Partnerships with Housing Providers
Rachel Martin has been working as a professional Digital Champion for Citizens Online as part of the Digital Gwynedd project since July 2017. She says, “It’s really satisfying getting [isolated people] on Skype and email, then seeing them later on attaching photos to their emails without thinking about it.” Continue Reading Case Study: Professional Digital Champion
The pressure to save money is acute for Local Authorities. Citizens Online has extensive experience in developing localised, cross‐sector partnerships to ensure sustainable digital inclusion provision. Our experience suggests that digital inclusion needs to be embedded into service provision.
Local Authorities have much to gain from a joined‐up, partnership‐based approach to digitally‐enabled citizens. Continue Reading Our Partnerships with Local Authorities