About Digital Freedom 2023!
Selnet and Lancashire’s Digital Skills Partnership secured funding through Lancashire County Council to support vulnerable residents aged 18 and above who were Digitally Excluded.
Digital Freedom 2023 has been completed and we are delighted to share that over 50 distribution partners made it possible to gift 920 digital devices (tablets/laptops) with internet connection and skills support, enabling Lancashire residents to engage with digital health services. Here are some testimonials from beneficiaries:
A combination of barriers that were addressed in partnership included;
- Support for eligible Lancashire individuals with no digital device by applying on their behalf.
- Enabled online access for Lancashire residents with no connection to the internet, or who were unable to afford a data package.
- Provided support and training to make effective use of these resources including accessing information to save money, accessing health related information and services and to attend health related appointments.
Selnet’s role is securing and managing opportunities for funded work for social enterprises, so you can focus directly on your specialist work with disadvantaged people across Lancashire.
Digital Freedom 50+ (archived)
In 2020, during the Covid pandemic, Selnet and the Lancashire Skills Hub secured funding from the Community Foundation for Lancashire, to provide digital devices and connectivity to disadvantaged over 50s in Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.
Over 40 organisations working with local residents applied and became Distribution Partners, who submitted applications for support on individual beneficiaries’ behalf. The funding for this project secured a limited number of devices for residents in every district in the County, ensuring residents across the 14 Lancashire districts could be supported.
At the end of 2020 the project team had allocated 510 devices for older people who had been digitally excluded, helping connect them with people and services during lockdowns.