#FightTheDivide East

On Thursday we brought together organisations working in East Leeds to tackle digital inclusion in the area. We were joined by 15 local third sector organisations, local Councillors, and staff from Leeds Housing, Adults and Health, and Communities and Environment. This is the first of three workshops: there’s still time to book a free ticket to the events in Hawksworth Wood and Middleton.

Barriers: what’s stopping us?

We spent the afternoon sharing information about barriers to digital inclusion in the area and finding out about how the 100% Digital Leeds approach could help organisations overcome them. Common barriers reflected the three main barriers already identified: skills, connectivity and motivation.

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Our approach: #JoinTheMovement

Over a series of presentations, attendees learned how 100% Digital Leeds can help them overcome the identified barriers and support their service users to take first steps with digital.

Our guest speaker, Andrew Omond, shared how St George’s Crypt have used tablets borrowed from the project to embed digital across the organisation. His inspirational story helped attendees understand the huge impact that tablet lending can have on an organisation, its workforce and its service users. We were also joined by Good Things Foundation, who talked about the benefits of being an Online Centres Network member.

During a series of roundtable discussions organisations shared ideas on how they could incorporate tablet lending, digital champions and the Online Centres Network in to their approach to digital inclusion. Organisations committed to adopting these approaches by leaving a pledge of support.

#Try1Thing: Creative digital

Since we’re working closely with Good Things Foundation and Get Online Week is almost upon us, we brought along some creative tech to get conversation flowing and demonstrate some ways that coding could be used to engage reluctant learners. Participants learned about micro:bits, Makey Makey and Sphero.

Outcomes: moving forward

Attendees told us they felt inspired, empowered and more positive. Organisations made new connections and we at 100% Digital Leeds have come away with lots of ideas and contacts to follow up. We’re confident that is the start of a 100% Digital Leeds East network that will continue to meet and take a localised approach to digital inclusion.