Funding news - 07/08/2017

Big Lottery Funding Helps More People in the UK Get Online

The Big Lottery Fund is putting £4 million of National Lottery funding into a programme to get more people in the UK online or to help them develop their basic digital skills.

After receiving a £4 million investment from the National Lottery, the One Digital’ initiative will now be able to expand its work into a second phase and expects to reach another 40,000 people across the UK over the next three years. The first phase which began in January 2016 has already seen more than 11,000 people get online.

The programme, which has been described as ‘life-changing’ by beneficiaries, aims to tackle exclusion and lack of skills by supporting digital inclusion and through strengthening the digital skills of people aged over 65, young adults looking for work, and charities and their beneficiaries.

Delivered through local organisation and using Digital Champions who are trained to provide one-to-one support, the first phase found that more than 80% of users noticed increased confidence in their basic digital skills, a better understanding of the benefits of digital technologies, and increased motivation to use them.

The programme has a number of partner organisations who are working to support 'One Digital'. They include:

  • AgeUK - will see multiple partners across regions transforming digital skills delivery for older people in areas with high digital exclusion. Delivered by local Age UK’s, older people will be supported to learn how digital skills can benefit them, for example by enabling them to keep in contact with loved ones, make savings by shopping online and pursue hobbies.
  • Citizens Online will embed One Digital and its DC model further into the Big Lottery Fund’s Digital Resilience approach, and will support the development of a long-term, scalable approach through action planning and partnership development across 20 locations. Phase 2 will enable a ‘deep dive’ in two locations, Brighton and Hove and Gwynedd.
  • Clarion Housing Group has worked on improving functional digital skills among 18–24 year olds are to assist them in entering the workforce.
  • Digital Unite will continue to facilitate the Digital Champion infrastructure for each partner project using their existing online train-the-trainer platform, the Digital Champions Network. The group will also support up to 200 individuals and 25 organisations from a wide variety of sectors to establish their own local Digital Champion movements.
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations will transform the Scottish third sector to become more digitally confident and capable by creating a meaningful intervention at leadership, organisation and individual levels.

Further information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Source: Big Lottery Fund, 07/08/2017