Twelve Salford organisations have been given an early Christmas present to help local people get online.
The Landing at MediaCityUK has donated Apple computer equipment which would have cost over £30,000 to buy new, as part of Digital You, Salford City Council’s programme to help residents learn new skills and be confident with new technology. The equipment originally belonged to growing businesses in The Landing which have now expanded and graduated into larger office spaces across MediaCityUK and Salford.
Deputy City Mayor, Councillor Paula Boshell, said: “Community organisations teach people in the communities where they are comfortable. They can’t afford to buy top of the range equipment so it is fantastic that The Landing has been able to help them out in this way. It means our residents can learn on the latest devices so their skills are right up to the minute and no-one risks being left behind.
“Salford’s Digital Strategy, which is all about collaboration and partnership, was recently launched at The Landing and this is a fine example of that. It’s also another boost for our Digital You project which has already helped more than 5,000 people to date learn new computer and internet skills and is a key part of the council’s vision to create a better, fairer Salford and provide the best quality of life for residents.”
“We are well over half way towards reaching our target of getting 8,000 of our most vulnerable residents using digital technology confidently and independently.”
Jon Corner, Salford’s Chief Digital Officer, based at The Landing, said: "We're absolutely delighted to play a part in helping residents develop their digital skills and build confidence in using technology to do things that benefit them day to day.”
Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital and social inclusion charity, is a key partner in the Digital You project working with community venues across Salford.
Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital Social Inclusion at Good Things Foundation, said: “These devices will make a big difference to the people being supported by the Digital You network in communities across Salford. With help from Good Things Foundation and Salford City Council, the network is continuing to make a real difference to people's lives by supporting them to improve their digital skills, and through this to address social isolation, access employment and feel more connected. We're proud of all the community groups and organisations in the network and the vital work they do each day."