Digital Inclusion Days.
Held at community venues around the city "Digital Inclusion Days" would act as an introduction to existing digital technology and promote its advantages.
It would have the following aims:
- To encourage citizens to up-skill in using digital technology.
- Promote computer recycling schemes.
- Promote GetOnline centres.
- Promote the concept of digital champions.
- Showcase some uses of digital technology.
- Promote introductory level computer courses.
- Encourage donations to invest in getting the digitally excluded on-line.
- Promote low-cost schemes to purchase computer equipment and internet access.
- Allow local business / community groups / official bodies to demonstrate their use of digital technology.
The day would take the form of an exhibition format with representatives from local and (if possible) national organizations.
Learning Partnership West - Entry level computer courses.
Get it Together (Citizens Online) - Computer training for over 50's/disabled.
Action on Disability & Work UK - Use of assistive technology.
Byteback - - Computer recycling and low cost PC s
Job centre Plus - Showcasing gov.UK and universal jobmatch
Learn Direct - I.T level 1 & 2 training
Bristol City Council - Information & services online. (Ask Bristol, Webcasts, Ways2Work network etc).
Local Learning - IT Training
Connecting Bristol - Publicize their work and also crowdfunding digital inclusion campaigns (e.g #Computers4Christmas)
Volunteering Bristol - Finding volunteer vacancies / opportunities online
City of Bristol College - Basic IT & Advanced computer courses
Voscur - On-line support for Bristol organisations
Quartet Community Foundation - On-line donation for local good causes
NHS - Showcasing http://www.nhs.uk/
Office of PCC - Showcasing http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk
Go On - National charity for digital inclusion
Knowle West Media Centre - Showcasing their digital projects
In addition Digital Champions would be on-hand to showcase some innovations using digital technology.
Social media e.g - Twitter / Facebook / flicker / Instagram / Pininterest
Orientation & Travel e.g - http://www.travelinesw.com/, Google maps
Campaigning . e.g - http://www.38degrees.org.uk/
Getting news and current affairs, newsfeeds & e mail bulletins
Social innovations e.g http://www.digitaldemocracy.org.uk/
Google searches e.g Helping citizens find the information they want.
Why the contribution is important
The UK is becoming more and more digital. The way that businesses, organisations and government agencies are interacting with their consumers is becoming more digitally focused.
There is a danger of those who are not currently on-line being left behind.
In addition some digital initatives and services are underused, simply because people are not aware of them or people are not utilising digital services to their full extent.
The UK government is becoming more digital by default. More council services are being delivered on-line and new developments are focusing on digital technology. (e.g The newly announced speakers commission on digital democracy: http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2013/november-/speakers-commission-web-forum/ )
A presentation from BCC's digital inclusion manager https://www.bristol.gov.uk/committee/2012/sc/sc008/0924_13.pdf found that:
- Only 18.4% of households completed the census online.
- There are 6 wards in Bristol where 20% of residents do not have internet access at home.
- 64% of applicants to the computer re-use scheme stated they would benefit from IT training.
Digital Inclusion Days would work towards addressing some of the issues of the digitally excluded . See enclosed infographic and report
by user546669 on December 07, 2013 at 10:03PM