Salford is aiming to become a Digital City, an ambition which forms part of our wider vision for a fairer and more inclusive Salford to improve resident’s lives. It is already home to the second largest cluster of digital businesses in the UK with MediaCityUK at Salford Quays being the go-to destination.
We are strongly committed to digital inclusion, which is about making sure that residents have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day to day - whether that’s individuals or community organisations.
To this end, we have developed various innovative initiatives as part of our Digital Everyone plan to ensure everyone gets the most out of digital technology.
Digital You is our partnership with Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital and social inclusion organisation which helps people to use and engage with digital to improve their lives. They are working with community organisations to help reach people in the communities in which they live - trusted faces in local places – and help them become confident, capable and safe users of the internet day by day.
Good Things Foundation are partnering with the Google Digital Garage bus tour in Greater Manchester which delivers free digital skills training. This is a place where anyone can come and learn how to harness the power of the internet to grow their business, develop new vocational skills or build their confidence online. The bus will travel to over 30 locations in Greater Manchester including places in Salford during February and March 2018.
We've created a great partnership working with Barclays on creating Digital Eagles which has resulted in a network of digital champions. We are the first council to work with Barclays in this way, so it’s really exciting.
New community website, MyCity Salford has now launched, giving you a new way to stay connected with your community and make a difference in your neighbourhood. Residents, businesses and organisations are all invited to sign up and benefit from everything the city has to offer.
MyCity Health is a new health and wellbeing website which enables residents to find information and services to help with issues that frequently affect health from smoking, drinking, eating and thinking to fitness, sexual health and disability.
Digital You, MyCity Salford and MyCity Health, our exciting new initiatives around creating digital communities were officially launched in January 2018 at our #DigitalSalford event. Find out more about the #DigitalSalford launch and watch a short video of the event.