Cambridgeshire Digital Partnership

BIG NEWS – Our first #CambsDigi online conference was held October 19th 23rd We will be adding notes and other documents from sessions on the special page here #CambsDigiWeek

The Cambridgeshire Digital Partnership was originally formed by a number of organisations working mainly in Cambridge around digital exclusion issues which have been brought even more to the fore by lockdown, and has an aim to promote digital inclusion around Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to existing and potential stakeholders. The founding partners can count on over 100 years’ collective experience tackling digital exclusion through:

  • Skills
  • Hardware
  • Connectivity
  • Delivery solutions and consultancy
  • Information and signposting

How Do We Work?

We know that we can do more together than apart. Each partner will be leading on their own projects which they will evaluate. Collectively we will share our evaluations as well as any additional learning we have as a partnership. We will know success by the numbers of people who are able to be digitally included as a result of our work.

CDP Founding Partners

Cambridge Online –

With Steven Hawking (RIP) as a former patron, Cambridge Online (CO) can count itself as one of the very earliest pioneers of online digital inclusion with its roots set up by then-MP Anne Campbell around 25 years ago, and provision formally launching at the beginning of 1996. CO won a Cambridgeshire Lifelong Learning Partnership award for impact and has partnered with countless other organisations in the community, including Parents First, Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum, WeAreDigital, Cambridge City Council, CCVS, and others. Cambridge Online is an active member of Good Things Foundation’s Online Centres Network and has been part of the DevicesDotNow project to get hardware and connectivity to people during the pandemic lockdown. Cambridge Online has around 40 volunteers in addition to a very small paid staff team.

www.cambridgeonline.org.uk

Cambridge Youth Panel –

Founded in 2016, and, although only starting to work on digital exclusion in 2020, Cambridge Youth Panel has hit the ground running with great impact and with a team of around 16 volunteers and a couple of adult facilitators. CYP has already distributed well over 500 computer devices by the end of July 2020 to school-age families. These devices include chromebooks, refurbished laptops and Raspberry Pi mini-PCs. CYP works in partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary as well as local district councils and have developed their response to digital exclusion during lockdown through the input of Youth Panel members.

www.cambsyouthpanel.co.uk

CHS Group –

Starting with loans of laptops to some tenants over 15 years ago, CHS has been at the forefront of digital inclusion for both its own customers and the wider community ever since. This work has included several trail-blazing projects. A Big Lottery funded project (Making Money Count) was one of the very first projects, if not the first, in the country to use low-cost tablets and 4G hotspots to test affordable access for all and “field-test” research on the cost-savings of being online. In 2016, CHS partnered with Microsoft Research (Cambridge) to test new affordable internet access technology with some of its Cambridge residents in several test locations (Project Belgrade). Other partners CHS has worked with include Rural Cambs CAB, Clarion Housing, Axiom Housing, Cross Keys, Fenland DC, and Centre 33. Currently CHS is tackling digital inclusion alongside financial capability through the National Lottery/ European Social Fund jointly-funded “New Horizons” project (www.makingmoneycount.org.uk) and through a Cambridge City Council community grant-funded project in Cambridge City providing skills and information and advice.

www.chsgroup.org.uk

CCVS –

CCVS was set up over 40 years ago to provide expert help and advice to local community groups and also acts as a voice for the voluntary sector, as well as training local groups in a number of areas, including developing their digital services and social media training. Their member organisations work with a range of individuals in the community who experience digital exclusion.

www.cambridgecvs.org.uk

How can I help people who are digitally excluded?
You can help the partnership by donating your unused kit. The partnership can use the following pieces of kit:

  • Laptops
  • Computer monitors
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Tablets, in working order

You can drop these off at the Guildhall in Cambridge City, Mon-Fri, 10:00 – 14:00. Call ahead on 01223 457381

Alternatively you can contact Cambridge Online 01223 300407 help@cambridgeonline.org.uk to drop off (by appointment) at Hester Adrian Centre, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge, CB4 1AX

These are early days, so if you have questions or want to join us, please contact us through hello@cambridgeshiredigitalpartnership.org.uk or 01223 300407 – we’ll be pleased to hear from you.

Cambridgeshire Digital Partnership
@CambsDigi
Full website at www.cambridgeshiredigitalpartnership.org.uk to follow

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