Helping Rural Communities level-up digitally
This week is Rural Housing Week where the NHF encourage us to celebrate work done in rural areas of the country. The theme this year is Levelling Up so we’re focusing on the digital inclusion work being done across our patch. Access to good broadband and suitable training is limited in these areas but there are many great examples where we’ve stepped in and enabled customers and the wider community to improve their skills and confidence.
This week we're shining a light on the different ways we are helping people in certain places around the Midlands with digital inclusion.
At Hurst Farm in Matlock (image below), Derbyshire, laptops and IT equipment are provided for customers to take part in sessions to help you manage their tenancy and report repairs online, plus help with form filling and looking for work.
We’ve started a scheme for customers who need a laptop and wifi to help them look for work, manage their Platform account, and report repairs online called the Laptop Lending Library (image below). It covers rural Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Notts, Leicestershire, and Malvern; so even if customers don’t live near one of our IT sessions we can still help.
There are also initiatives in in Alford, Louth, Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea, and Skegness that are helping those in rural communities improve their digital skills (images below).
Where else are we doing this?
The work to help people of all ages and abilities to get skilled up digitally involves lots of partner agencies. We’ve collated a list of what’s available where right here...