Over the last few months we have been working hard to expand our partnership work across Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark. It has been exciting to be involved is a variety of conversations with small charities, national organisation and house association alike and exploring ways in which the so-called digital divide can be crossed.
What is clear is that any considerable improvement or change requires hard work at a local level and a building of trust – key components in all the classes, workshops and 1 to 1 support we provide.
We are partnering with HomesForLambeth to run a pilot for some of their most isolated residents. Each will be loaned an iPAD and a series of 12 online support sessions to help them with the basics of using the equipment, searching for information online, making video calls and accessing other community classes and groups via Zoom.
We are calling these sessions “Digital Horizons” and will run a similar program more locally in Crystal Palace with e group of residents who have been granted Lenovo tablets.
It will be interesting to compare and then share the results of each.
Thanks to Southwark Council and Community Southwark we have recently received support to extend our community 1 to 1 tech support into the borough and we will be working closely with Kingswood Community Shop and Paxton Green Timebank to help some of their beneficiaries.
We are also excited about the prospect of taking our work to Loughborough Estate and extending our support to that part of Lambeth courtesy of Brixton Energy.
Finally, we have set up an account with TrustPilot to handle reviews of classes and workshops. A big thank you to those who have contributed and these can be seen here.
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