Council hires charity on digital inclusion brief

Training will take place in community venues to ensure residents have the digital skills to access work opportunities, stay connected with friends and families and access benefits.

Joe Lepper | 10th Oct 18
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Stockport Council has appointed Good Things Foundation to help improve the digital skills of local residents.

The aim of the partnership between the local authority and the digital inclusion charity is to ensure local residents can make the most of social and employment opportunities by being digitally savvy.

The partnership’s digital inclusion programme is called Digiknow and will help disadvantaged residents ensure they are claiming the benefits they are entitled to, as more services move online.

A network of organisations, who work with people who may benefit from the programme, is also being recruited.

Digital training is taking place in libraries and other community venues and will use Good Things Foundation’s online learning platform Learn My Way.

Giving residents the skills and confidence to embrace digital

“As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s important that we support those who don’t have the skills or confidence to use digital technology safely,” said Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital Inclusion at Good Things Foundation.

“People who are digitally excluded are most likely to be socially excluded too, and so to be missing out on the money saving, communication and employment benefits digital technology can offer.

“Working with partners across the borough, we’re building a movement for digital inclusion, and developing a sustainable programme that will have a real impact on the borough’s residents.”

Councillor Elise Wilson, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Reform and Governance, added: “We are committed to helping our residents get online and improve their digital skills so they don’t miss out on the benefits that digital brings.

“By working together with Good Things Foundation and Stockport community-based organisations we can establish the local network required to reach those residents who aren’t currently online.

“We are confident that this new programme will help more people in Stockport to develop the digital skills they need to stay connected, find jobs, save money and feel happier and healthier.”

Last month a report by the Good Things Foundation estimated that at the current rate of investment in digital inclusion, 6.9m people could remain digitally excluded by 2028.