Charity Helping to Close the Digital Divide

Get Technology CIC help individuals and organisations practical skills and confidence in using technology. Through funding from Leeds Community Foundation, they were able to set up their Digital Access Point Project…

What does your Leeds Community Foundation funded project involve?

 Our project funded four new digital access points which helped individuals gain new skills and confidence with technology, from acquiring technology to using it in their daily lives. With technology always changing, there is always a need to learn new things.

Why is this kind of support so vital, what’s the need and what might be the situation if the support you offer didn’t exist?

The charity Citizens Online raised the issue of the digital divide, without projects like ours many would continue to feel isolated from technology. The drop-ins helped to introduce beneficiaries to technology and sort out problems that they had.

Could you share a rewarding moment you’ve had so far? Is there a particular story you could share from a beneficiary you’ve helped? 

From setting up Skype to call family overseas, helping them to access benefits and health services, passports to even making business websites: we have helped a number of people with different needs.

One beneficiary said: “It’s great to see how digital learning is embedded into the community Drighlington Methodist Church with the help of Get Technology Together”

What made you apply for a Foundation grant, what difference has the funding from the Foundation made:

The idea was inspired from a previous project which showed that running computer classes and having regular digital access points did help build individual skills and confidence. Learners that had their own equipment developed at a faster rate: the problem was getting access to this equipment in an affordable way. Funding allowed us to acquire the necessary equipment and support them effectively.