We’re delighted today to announce that we’ve been successful in winning a bid for an exciting new programme funded by the NHS: Widening Digital Participation.
Half of all people who are offline have a disability, and among the over 65s – who account for half of all NHS spending – 36% have never been online before, and so the programme aims to reach those who are both digitally excluded and suffer from health inequalities.
The £1 million programme will see us engaging with 100,000 people who are most affected by digital and health inequalities. 50,000 of these people will be directly trained to use health information online. We’ll be doing this through the UK online centres network, creating a Digital Health Information network within our existing network, as well as supporting over 200 events all over the country.
As well as this broad, country-wide delivery, we’ll also be working with around 15 flagship centres who will be providing deep dive interventions, working with groups who are the most likely to experience health and digital inequalities, including gypsy and traveller communities, sex workers and homeless people.
We’ll also be creating new learning content, including growing the learning portal at www.learnmyway.com/health, and working with key groups including the Society for Chief Librarians on bespoke learning content.