Digital You – Salford: a city-wide approach towards digital inclusion
Posted on 2nd May, 2019
Salford is a thriving cultural, economic and residential destination, home to 251,000 people and 10,500 businesses. Unprecedented levels of economic growth over the last decade, including renowned schemes, such as MediaCityUK, has transformed the city, creating one of the most highly skilled digital and technical workforces in the Greater Manchester city region.
Salford is aiming to become a Digital City, an ambition which forms part of our wider vision for a better, fairer Salford to improve resident’s lives. We are strongly committed to digital inclusion – making sure that residents have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day to day.
Since its launch in September 2017, Digital You has:
- recruited over 33 centres, such as community organisations or libraries, across the city, with more signing up every week,
- directly reached almost 3,000 residents and recruited over 80 volunteer digital champions, residents who don’t need to be an online expert but with enthusiasm for the internet and technology, and
- formed a partnership with Forest Bank Prison – the first such partnership in the UK – to create a positive impact on re-offending rates through providing support ranging from practical basic skills to more advanced skills, such as coding and web content design.
- View the pledges on the Digital Salford Launch event page