Dorset County Council Digital Inclusion
Dorset County Council does more to reach and enable more residents to get the best from the digital connectivity available in the county.
20:31 22 October 2018
Dorset County Council has drafted in digital inclusion charity Citizens Online to reach more of its residents and make sure that they have access to digital connectivity available in the county.
The charity will take measures to identify the locations of people who are digitally excluded and ensure that they are offered access to the services they need to develop key digital skills, including accessing content, communicating, transacting, problem solving and being safe online.
Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet Member For Skills, said: “The Routes to Inclusion programme has already achieved much; now we want to reach even more of our residents and enable them to get the best from the digital connectivity that is now available across Dorset.
“We are a forward-thinking county and we know people need help to embrace digital technology so they can benefit financially and socially, and access our public services better.”
John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, added: “We have been impressed with the progress and successes that the Routes to Inclusion Group has already achieved on this difficult issue of supporting digital skills. We’re delighted to be working with the group. We want to change the way local service providers and funders perceive the issue of digital inclusion – from being a ‘bolt on activity’ to a way of working that is part of business as usual.”