Derwen awarded funding for Digital Inclusion project
The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust have awarded Derwen £2200 worth of funding to develop a project that will help residents learn digital skills and get online.
Called “Learning Together”, the innovative project will be resident led and aims to increase independence by increasing resident’s knowledge and confidence in using the internet.
An intergenerational project, Derwen is working with fellow Pobl Group organisations Solas and Gwalia Care and Support to recruit young volunteers to help them become Digital Champions. Digital Communities Wales (DCW) are kindly offering free training for volunteers. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain the skills needed to help residents get online. All the while the project will help tackle social isolation and loneliness through befriending.
Harriet Bleach, Derwen’s Community Engagement Officer, is really excited to get the project started. “We’re excited to help residents learn the digital skills that will make the most difference to them personally. We hope the volunteers get just as much out of it too and it creates great partnerships within Pobl for future projects.
We’re keen for as many residents as possible to benefit so please do contact us to get involved!”
Digital inclusion is a cross-cutting theme in the Older People’s Strategy and the Ageing Well in Wales Programme. Digital Communities Wales (DCW) is ensuring as many organisations as possible can support older people to become digitally included.
Derwen hope to further digital inclusion amongst residents and raise awareness of the positive impact having the access, skills and motivation to use digital technologies can have.
The Digital Inclusion Strategic Framework for Wales sets out the Welsh Governments ambition that by 2020, everyone who wants to be is benefitting fully from the opportunities offered by digital technologies.