Stockport Council has set up a ‘Digital Inclusion Alliance’ to help residents get online and improve their digital skills. The new alliance will create a network of digital support centres across Stockport, making it as easy as possible for residents to find help in their local community.
The Alliance is fronted by the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation in partnership with local organisations including Starting Point Community Partnership, Stockport Homes and The Prevention Alliance (TPA).
This commitment to improving digital skills forms part of Stockport Council’s wider circle of support for local people and communities. As well as improving the quality of our residents’ lives, digital skills increase employment opportunities and the creation of a digitally able workforce will help both residents and businesses in Stockport to grow and prosper.
Steve Skelton, Head of Policy at Stockport Council said:
“Being online today no longer feels optional. 90% of new jobs require digital skills and essential services are delivered online, yet we know around 10% of adults in Stockport aren’t online and a fifth don’t have basic digital skills.”
“The Council is funding the Alliance because we’re confident that their work will help people stay connected, find jobs, save money and feel happier and healthier.”
Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital Inclusion at Good Things Foundation said: “We’re delighted to be working with Stockport Council and a range of great partners. By helping community organisations build digital into their social mission, we can reach and support those who need our help the most. Those facing digital exclusion are more likely to be unemployed, have low skills or a disability, and it’s great to see Stockport Council recognising that investment in digital confidence and skills can open up new opportunities for people, families and communities.”
Image caption: Helping residents improve digital skills.