Stockport Council has appointed leading social change charity Good Things Foundation to run a new partnership programme to support residents of Stockport to improve their digital skills, and to take advantage of the benefits of being online.
The programme - which will be called DigiKnow - is part of Stockport Council’s commitment to upskilling residents, and getting everyone online. This commitment to improving digital skills forms part of the wider circle of support for local people and communities. As well as improving the quality of residents’ lives, digital skills increase employment opportunities and the creation of a digitally able workforce will help both residents and businesses in Stockport to grow and prosper.
Being online is an essential life skill these days but around 10% of adults in Stockport aren’t online and a fifth don’t have basic digital skills. These people are not only missing out on the benefits the internet can provide, but will also be left behind as more and more services move online.
Good Things Foundation, who have supported 2.5 million people to improve their digital skills since 2010, will be working with strategic partners Starting Point, Stockport Homes and The Prevention Alliance.
The programme will recruit a network of organisations across the borough who will provide tailored support to help people improve their digital skills. Training will be delivered through libraries, community organisations and other frontline service providers in Stockport.
The project will support the borough’s residents to improve their digital skills through community-based support, and Good Things Foundation’s online learning platform, Learn My Way.
Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital Inclusion at Good Things Foundation, said: “As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s important that we support those who don’t have the skills or confidence to use digital technology safely. People who are digitally excluded are most likely to be socially excluded too, and so to be missing out on the money saving, communication and employment benefits digital technology can offer.
Working with partners across the borough, we’re building a movement for digital inclusion, and developing a sustainable programme that will have a real impact on the borough’s residents.”
Councillor Elise Wilson, Cabinet Member for Reform and Governance at Stockport Council, said: “We are committed to helping our residents get online and improve their digital skills so they don’t miss out on the benefits that digital brings. By working together with Good Things Foundation and Stockport community-based organisations we can establish the local network required to reach those residents who aren’t currently online. We are confident that this new programme will help more people in Stockport to develop the digital skills they need to stay connected, find jobs, save money and feel happier and healthier.”
If you’re working with excluded people in Stockport and want to join the movement, then visit www.onlinecentresnetwork.org/stockport to find out more.