£100,000 of digital inclusion grants go to third sector organisations working with communities in Leeds
100% Digital Leeds has supported a total of 123 organisations to date, whether that’s through our tablet lending scheme, training staff and volunteers as Digital Champions, or providing advice on ways to develop their digital inclusion offer for their users.
One way in which we often work with organisations is to help them find external sources of funding to ensure the sustainability their digital inclusion activity.
In May, we were in a position to open our own programme of grants totalling £100,000 to Leeds-based third sector organisations to help them overcome barriers to digital inclusion that they and those who access their services face, such as buying equipment, hiring tutors, coordinating volunteers or paying for connectivity. Organisations could bid for £1,000 to £10,000 to be spent on removing those barriers that stopped them from embedding digital inclusion into their delivery models, enabling them to develop approaches that best suit their service users and help them to develop skills, confidence and independence on a long-term basis.
60 organisations applied for funding, and we’re now pleased to announce that 15 of these have been successful in securing grants by demonstrating an understanding of the barriers faced by themselves and their service users, and a commitment to embedding digital inclusion into their future work.
We understand the value of the third sector in connecting with the hardest to reach citizens of Leeds. This funding will help them take the next step on their digital inclusion journey. The organisations are:
£3,700 to support socially isolated service users to develop their basic digital skills, helping them connect with people, find employment, and improve their health and wellbeing.
Bramley Community Centre
£9,900 to create a dedicated space where local residents can access equipment and develop their basic digital skills, helping them to access services and find work.
£9,500 to support unpaid carers to develop their basic digital skills, helping them to connect with each other, access online services from home, and get the support they need.
Caring Together in Little London and Woodhouse
£3,600 to support older people to develop their basic digital skills in groups and in their own homes, helping those with mobility issues to access online services from home and stay independent.
Connect In The North
£2,400 to support people with learning disabilities to develop their basic digital skills, helping them to improve the accessibility of their equipment, discover apps designed for people with learning disabilities, and stay safe online.
Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours
£3,200 to provide connectivity and one-to-one digital skills training for older people and the housebound in the Cross Gates area, supporting them to access digital services, stay connected with family and friends, and continue living independently.
£10,000 to provide internet access and basic digital skills support to refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants, helping them to access local services, live independently, and integrate within the wider Leeds community.
Get Technology Together C.I.C.
£7,600 to extend the reach of their current accessible technology training sessions to meet community need, improving basic digital, life, and work skills across Leeds.
People Matters (West Yorkshire)
£7,300 to support people with disabilities to develop their basic digital skills and improve their employability, including increasing the number of Job Clubs across the city and introducing a tablet loan scheme for the benefit of their members who do not have access to their own equipment.
Pyramid of Arts
£8,700 to inspire people with disabilities to embrace tech by embedding digital into arts practice, supporting them to digitally upskill and develop their online arts presence.
Specialist Autism Services
£8,700 to support people with Autism to develop their digital knowledge, skills and confidence, allowing them to live more independently, stay healthy, and stay safe online.
St Vincent’s Support Centre
£2,800 to provide connectivity and develop weekly volunteer-led digital skills sessions for migrant service users, as well as the wider local community.
Toast Love Coffee
£10,000 to develop a volunteer and community led digital inclusion scheme to improve the digital skills and confidence of the people of Harehills, with a focus on digital creativity.
£3,000 to support the Leeds trans and non-binary community to develop their digital skills to better access online service and connect with each other, thereby reducing social isolation.
Turning Lives Around
£10,000 to provide connectivity to homeless clients and to tackle digital and social exclusion by providing people with the skills and confidence they need to access digital technology.
Over the next year we will be supporting them to ensure that these plans are successful and sustainable and have a positive impact on people’s lives. We’re also hosting a special celebration event to present their representatives with the cheques, and hear from them about their work, their digital inclusion journey so far and what the grant will enable them to do.