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.
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. One of these is working with Barclays on creating Digital Eagles which has resulted in a network of digital champions.
Our most recent initiative, Digital You, is a 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 will be 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 has described this exciting programme as “a landmark investment from a council with vision, commitment and ambition.” This unique and ambitious plan aims to get almost 8,000 of the most vulnerable and digitally excluded residents online and confident about using technology within two years.
Good Things Foundation are contacting community organisations across the city to encourage them to join their Online Centres Network which offers a wide range of free benefits. These include access to a variety of training, access to learning resources including their online learning platform Learn My Way, opportunities to link in with other organisations and schemes including funding as well as profile-raising and PR.
They will also be looking for volunteer digital champions, residents who don’t need to be an online expert but with enthusiasm for the internet and technology. Getting involved will give them the opportunity to develop new skills that’ll look great on their CV, meet lots of new people and build confidence in their abilities.
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