Approximately 90,000 adults in Leeds are either offline and/or lack basic digital skills. The council’s 100% DIGITAL LEEDS programme will ensure that digital inclusion brings positive outcomes for these people, including financial savings, reduced isolation, better employment prospects and improved health and wellbeing. It will work with partners and community organisations to identify groups and individuals who will most benefit from the programme.
We’ve already rolled out the UK’s largest tablet lending scheme. Leeds-based organisations working with digitally excluded people can borrow iPads to help bridge the digital divide. The tablets all have SIM cards meaning that you can get online straightaway and with training on offer to help get you started, what’s stopping you!?
We’re working closely with Good Things Foundation, a social change charity that supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. We are working together to create the 100% Digital Leeds movement, made up of organisations across the city who can support people to get to grips with digital. If your organisation is supporting communities in Leeds, join the network and you could be eligible for one of our activation grants.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the council’s digital inclusion programme, please use this contact form.
Our successful 100% DIGITAL LEEDS programme is targeting some of the most digitally excluded citizens in Leeds. It’s important that for our city to continue to thrive, we all need the appropriate skills, technology and support to get the most out of being online.
WE ARE delivering the 100% Digital Leeds programme, increasing capacity of the third sector to give residents the skills they need to improve their lives through digital.
WE ARE building on the UK’s largest and most successful tablet lending scheme to give third sector organisations the equipment and connectivity they need to pilot new approaches to digital inclusion.
WE ARE helping community groups to deliver digital inclusion at a hyper-local level through a £100k grant scheme.
WE ARE installing free wi-fi in more community locations.
WE ARE creating a network of Digital Champions who promote the benefits of digital inclusion, signpost people to training and support their neighbours, communities and colleagues.
WE ARE working with Good things Foundation and encouraging organisations to join the Online Centres Network, which works to tackle digital inclusion and social exclusion.
WE ARE hosting events and workshops for community groups, bringing organisations together to raise awareness and expand the digital inclusion network across Leeds.