Appeal for input into new digital inclusion programme

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Local organisations with experience of helping people access online information, services and support are being invited to feed into the development of a new digital inclusion programme for North Yorkshire, funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund’s People and Skills Programme.

The programme will represent a significant investment for the county and will aim to make sure that everyone in our local communities has the confidence and skills they need to successfully access vital online content.

It is being led by Community First Yorkshire, alongside North Yorkshire Council, UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, and will offer new funding opportunities and training programmes designed to meet local needs.

Over the coming months, the main aims are to:

  • Establish multiple digital hubs across North Yorkshire
  • Support the training of digital buddies dedicated to each hub and its users
  • Provide funding for digital inclusion projects.

Help us shape this significant investment

In the early stages, the programme team is exploring the best way to achieve these goals and is now asking for input from organisations and groups across North Yorkshire.

“Talking to local groups who are already helping people to access online information, services and support will help us decide the best way forward and will ultimately help us shape this important project,” said Michael Fletcher, Digital Inclusion Project Manager with Community First Yorkshire.

“It’s never been more important for all our local residents to be able to access digital services, but we know there are plenty of people who lack confidence and struggle to get to grips with life online. We hope to make a real difference, starting with this appeal for local organisations and groups to feed into the research stage of the project.”

What are we looking for?

We are looking for organisations to play a pivotal role in helping design the funding and training available throughout North Yorkshire for digital projects in 2024/2025.

We want to hear about your plans and what training and funding you would require.

Who can help?

If your organisation or community group is interested in providing or already provides support for people to use online services, then we really want to hear from you.

It is an opportunity for you to help influence how the funding programme will work.

What do you need to do?

We are interested in engaging organisations or groups to explore opportunities for establishing digital hubs, digital volunteer buddies, and the provision of training and learning.

These conversations will help shape the funding on offer through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund across North Yorkshire in 2024/2025.

Get in touch

If you are interested in getting involved and providing input from your organisation or group, please complete our enquiry form using the button below.

Alternatively, contact Michael Fletcher by Friday 1 March 2024.