This November our tablet lending scheme has been in high demand, we’ve been shouting far and wide about 100% Digital Leeds, and Digital Champions training has taken off!
We’ve been spreading the 100% Digital Leeds message far and wide this month. Members of the team have presented at Age Friendly Leeds, Digital Communities Network and The Kings Fund Digital Inclusion Conference. We have also attended the Age UK Leeds conference and Good Things Foundation’s Digital Evolution Conference, and held information stalls at The Leeds Landlords Conference and South Leeds Funding Fair.
We’re pleased to have been featured in South Leeds Life for our work with Middleton Elderly Aid and have been flying the flag for Leeds by supporting the Good Things Foundation’s campaign Bridging the Digital Divide.
Our bank of 150 iPads are working hard to support a range of organisations to take their first steps with digital inclusion. We’ve been excited to read about how Retirement LIFE have linked with a local primary school to run an intergenerational digital inclusion project, and have been supporting Anna-Marie at Bee Together to set up an online knitting group for isolated older people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Middleton Elderly Aid have been doing fantastic work, using our tablets to engage their service users with digital and supporting them to take their first steps in the digital world.
This month we have delivered Digital Champions training to Groundwork’s Green Doctors and the team at Unity Housing.
The Green Doctors are working in communities across Leeds and the rest of the country, helping people make their homes more environmentally friendly and cheaper to run. They visit people in their homes, offering practical support, often with digital. As Digital Champions they are now able to have positive conversations about the wider benefits of being online and will signpost their service users to further support to improve their digital skills.
A number of organisations have signed up to be Online Centres this month including Groundwork UK, Broadlea Better Community, and Unity Housing Association. They’ll gain all the benefits of being part of the network, such as training, support from a dedicated Network Manager, and access to the Learn My Way eLearning platform.
Nine Leeds Online Centres have benefited from the Good Things Foundation’s Activation Grants scheme, each receiving £1500 to help them overcome barriers to offering digital inclusion such as connectivity and access to equipment. More grants opportunities will be coming in the new year.
The wider Leeds Libraries Digital Engagement team have been busy this month, organising a number of successful events.
Leeds Libraries partnered with Girl Geeks Brunch to run a tinkering session for women, continuing their programme of activity designed to increase the number of women in tech.
The most recent exciting announcement sees Libraries bringing Tech Mums to Leeds in January – the first time this amazing initiative will have taken place outside of London!