Monthly roundup: October 2018

This October our time has been taken up with #FightTheDivide launch events, Digital Champion training, a flurry of tablet lending applications, and the building of the 100% Digital Leeds movement.


This month has been all about our #FightTheDivide Launch events, which took place in Gipton, Middleton, and Hawksworth Wood. 78 people from 38 community organisations came together to discuss the barriers to digital inclusion in their local area and to find out how they could #JoinTheMovement. If you couldn’t make it don’t worry, we’ve written up each of the events on our blog: South, East, West. We’ll shortly be bringing everyone back together again to look at funding opportunities in 2019.

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Leeds Libraries’ Librarians spent some time out in the community during Get Online Week encouraging people to #Try1Thing. To see a full roundup check out their #Try1Thing Twitter Moment.

Tablet Lending

October has been a bumper month for tablet lending applications! Our 150 tablets have been worked hard and we’re very glad to be shortly receiving another 135 to help us work through the backlog.

We’ve already had some amazing outcomes, including learners connecting with lost family, finding jobs, and finding new housing. Groups are using our iPads to help people learn English, access Council services, stay safe online, find information, and stay connected. Read more about how Connect in the North have used their tablets.

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Digital Champions

This month we were excited to get our hands on our new Digital Champion badges and certificates. We’ve loved spotting the badges on lapels and lanyards as we’ve been out and about. We’ve delivered some fantastic training sessions to a whole range of organisations including Specialist Autism Services, Opal and Connect in the North. Read about how Leeds Housing have become Digital Champions.

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Online Centres Network

We’ve welcomed a number of new organisations to the Online Centres Network this month, including Kentmere Community Centre, Meanwood Communty Centre, and Health For All. We’re delighted that Good Things Foundation have awarded 9 Activation Grants of £1500 to Online Centres in Leeds.