On the 24th June 2020 Sue from Hope Foundation published Lets Work together to get basic digital access for Middlesbrough residents.

Since then the collaborative work has continued and has spread across the Tees Valley to address the issues of

  • Lack of technical/ digital skills
  • Having the right kit/ devices
  • Data and connectivity

The setting up and work of furbdit (www.furbdit.org.uk) to collect devices, recycle them and then distribute through a range of distributors (over 40 currently) is helping to tackle the need for the right kit.

Updating of digital skills with data and connectivity is happening. How can you as an organisation can get involved? There is an opportunity,  through one of the partner organisations, to promote skills development and connectivity through the National Databank.

Would you like to be part of the Good Things Foundation’s National Digital Inclusion Network which is made up of thousands of grassroots organisations that are all working to deliver digital inclusion support in their local communities?

If you’re a community organisation that is or wants to support your community members to get online and access the benefits of digital – then joining the network will help you do exactly that. It is free to join and offers a range of free services, such as:

The National Databank is giving free mobile data to people who can’t afford their internet connection. By signing up to the network, you will be eligible to join and start giving out data vouchers.

The network is open to any organisation that is delivering or wants to deliver digital inclusion support. Find out more and sign up here or contact hello@goodthingsfoundation.org for more information. If you need any help we are here as well at The Hope Foundation.

If you join the network you will be entitled to apply for the Digital Capability Grants up until Friday the 23rd of June at 12 noon. Don’t worry if you are not already a member of the network apply to be a member and then apply for the funds you don’t need to wait for your welcome call.

A Digital Inclusion Capability grant is to help your organisation to deliver your own proposal to embed Learn My Way (online digital skills courses) and the connectivity through the National Databank into your own provision. This is a very exciting opportunity. This is an excellent opportunity to secure funding to implement an idea you might have which benefits your organisations sustainability and benefits those you support.


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