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Bridging the Digital Divide to Support Well Being

by Neena Julka in Bilston, England, United Kingdom

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On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £257 ( + est. £50.00 Gift Aid ) with 8 supporters in 42 days

To enable & empower the local community through the development of digital skills, improve confidence, mental & economic health

by Neena Julka in Bilston, England, United Kingdom

Background:  The local community of Bilston is amongst the most deprived areas in UK.  Covid19 impacted more on people from an already deprived area adding to mental & financial worries.  The project will enable people to develop digital skills, confidence & overcome mental health issues caused by the pandemic thus giving them an equal opportunity in the job market.  Data suggests that 93% of workplaces use digital technology to run their business successfully. 

Our vision:  We are an innovative & enterprising organisation very much aware of the needs of the community.  During Covid19 social isolation, stress & financial worries led to an increase in domestic violence & mental health issues.  We responded to each of these issues & provided the necessary support to improve the well being of the community.  

We identified a big need & found people could not use digital technology to connect to each other or use the internet to access essential health or care services.

Our team:  We would like to bridge the digital divide that exists in the community.  Many people are afraid to use computers.  Yet they have to use technology for everyday things like making appointments & searching for health & care services. Isolated & lonely people stuck in their homes need to learn to use technology to be able to make social connections & see people via zoom.  We have a wealth of educational experience in our team.  We will deliver the project in target language of learners.  Many elderly people are not confident in English but they can understand Hindi, Gujerati or Urdu.  We will have multi-lingual tutors.  We have already successfully delivered zoom training to 43 people in the community to Bring People Together.  

How we will spend the money:  We will use the money raised to manage & market our project, staffing to initially assess & deliver training, hire room & computers and travel expenses for the community. 

"These sessions have kept me sane.!  A participant on Bringing People Together sessions.

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