Project that helps people get online to be extended after funding boost

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One Digital is aiming to reach a further 40,000 people thanks to a £4 million grant

2nd August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

An initiative that helps people to improve their digital skills is being extended thanks to a sizeable grant.

One Digital is set to be extended for a further three years after receiving £4 million of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund. 

The project aims to get people online or to develop their basic digital skills through the help of Digital Champions, who have been trained to provide one-to-one support. 

This second phase of funding will be used to expand the programme and transform digital skills, and aims to reach another 40,000 people through 4,000 Digital Champions.

Results from the programme’s first phase found that of those surveyed, more than 80% said they have more confidence in their basic digital skills, a better understanding of the benefits of digital technologies, and increased motivation to use them.

One Digital will benefit young adults seeking work, over 65s, charities and the people they support. Having better digital skills and more confidence will enable people to access essential online services, search and apply for jobs and stay in touch with friends and family.

Steve Hampson, head of innovation & programmes at Age UK, one of the charities that runs the prgramme, said: “Being confident in your own digital skills isn't just a nice to have; improved digital skills enable people to apply for jobs, pay bills and get the most cost-effective goods and services.

"The success of the first phase of One Digital shows just how much can be achieved when diverse organisations work together

The consortium partners include Age UK, Citizens Online, Clarion Housing Group, Digital Unite and the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, and it is delivered through hundreds of local organisations.