Wandsworth Digital is a new partnership of 70+ local organisations working together to make Wandsworth the most digitally inclusive borough in London by 2024. It is made up of charities, community organisations, schools and colleges, independent funders, businesses and the Council.
We are working towards enabling our most excluded residents to have access to affordable devices and data; to have the skills and training to access local goods and services; and the support necessary to incorporate ‘digital’ into their everyday lives.
This is a work in progress so do join us on this journey. It will take us working together as one community, each playing to our strengths, to make Wandsworth a truly digitally inclusive borough.
Download our initial strategy here: Wandsworth Digital – STRATEGY v3.0 – 12Oct20
This new strategy for Wandsworth Digital focuses its efforts on enabling digitally excluded residents to access:
A. Affordable devices (hardware/software applications) and data services (sim-only, broadband, community fibre).
This could include: collaborating on donating/refurbishing devices with local businesses and schools, bulk buying devices, lending through libraries; bulk buying data sim-only/dongles; installing community fibre across Wandsworth etc.
B. High-quality and relevant tech skills and training, that will advance their knowledge and use of digital devices so that they can access services, education, work and more.
This could include: providing a range of ‘basic to advanced’ training courses; making the training relevant and useful for residents tailored to different age or special interest groups (‘carrots’ = emphasise the rewards of digital with beneficial incentives).
C. Support for digitally excluded residents to develop the confidence and motivation to incorporate ‘digital’ benefits into their everyday lives.
This could include: providing support to the elderly, young people, people with disabilities and more, to use ‘digital’ to improve their quality of life in accessing education, health services, employment, goods/services online and more. Establishing a ‘digital buddy’ programme; and digital work placements. Linking Social Prescribing and Talking Points.
Download the Strategy
If you’d like to join Wandsworth Digital then please contact Aaron Barbour on [email protected] and 020 7223 2845.