Our First Scottish Social Housing Providers Digital Inclusion Strategy Group

05 Aug 2013 |Written by Laura Dennis

A couple of weeks ago we held another of our Social Housing Provider Digital Inclusion Strategy Group meetings (a mouthful, I know) - but this time we ventured across the border and hosted in the upper and lower gallery of the Royal Society of Edinburgh - a fantastic space for the meeting.

The attendees had lots to talk about with one key interest - how can we improve the digital lives of people living in social housing in Scotland?

The event kicked off with our Chief Exec Helen giving a great introduction about where things stand at the minute, as well as an introduction to the new Tinder brand.

We first heard from Douglas White about the fantastic work they have been doing at Carnegie UK Trust with social housing in Glasgow. Some of the facts he shared were pretty shocking - for example, 50% of Glasgow homes do not have a fixed broadband connection and the amount of people offline in the city is almost double the UK average at 40%.

Evelyn McDowall from the Wheatley Group expanded on much of what Douglas had spoken about, explaining that only 37% of people living in Social Housing in Glasgow use the internet on a regular basis. She provided us with some really great insights into the work they do at Glasgow Housing Association to address this figure, and what work they have in the pipeline. Very interesting stuff!

We finished off the afternoon with group discussions around key themes affecting social housing. All of which was very thought provoking and there were some great suggestions of ways in which we can improve digital engagement, going forward.

It felt like a really constructive afternoon. I think I can safely say that everyone came away with some food for thought about how we can work together to help get Scotland online.