Covid Recovery: Digital Inclusion


Supporting boroughs to tackle digital exclusion in London

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Introduction


One of the London Recovery Board’s missions is to provide digital access for all. This aligns with LOTI’s Year 2 focus of helping boroughs tackle vulnerability and promote inclusion during the Covid period. In collaboration with the Greater London Authority, this project seeks to ensure that boroughs’ knowledge, ideas and resources on effective digital inclusion measures are closely aligned with the London Recovery Taskforce’s process to make the greatest positive impact for Londoners.

Collaborators


Project Timeline


14/10/2020

LOTI Dragon’s Den: Bridging the Digital Divide

Full recording of LOTI’s two-hour session at Digital Leaders Week.

14/10/2020

Pitch 7: Crowdfunding for digital devices

Philip McCorkell (Communications Manager) and Ally Round (Principal Policy and Projects Officer) shared details about the London Borough of Camden’s collaboration with Camden Learning to create a Crowdfunder to end the digital divide for Camden pupils. Full video here.

Camden Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week
Lambeth Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week

14/10/2020

Pitch 6: Internal digital engagement campaign

Paul Tait (Delivery Manager) shared learnings from London Borough of Lambeth’s 18-month project (which is still underway) to improve their staff’s awareness of and ability with workplace technology, specifically Microsoft Office 365.

14/10/2020

Pitch 5: Improving digital skills internally

Dionne Lowndes (Head of IT and Digital) shared details about the London Borough of Southwark’s ‘DiTO’ framework, creating an internal culture of personal responsibility for Digital and Innovation competencies development.

Southwark Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week
Brent Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week (1)

14/10/2020

Pitch 4: Connectivity+devices+skills

Lucy Dunn (Workstream Lead – Digital Enablement) & Ala Uddin (Head of Adult Education – Brent Start) shared details about London Borough of Brent’s free package which includes connectivity + devices + skills training for residents in the greatest need.

14/10/2020

Pitch 3: Digital skills guides

Opama Khan (Head of Digital Place) shared details about how the London Borough of Croydon developed hard copy digital skills guides as an analogue solution to a digital challenge.

Croydon Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week
Kingston & Sutton Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week

14/10/2020

Pitch 2: Content curation & digital marketing

Daniel Green (Corporate Head of Health Behaviours & Public Health Services) shared how Royal Boroughs of Kingston and Sutton’s shared service curates relevant resources online to amplify the council’s services to those who need to access it via social media and other channels.

14/10/2020

Pitch 1: Multi-generational buddy system

Susan McFarland-Lyons (Senior Delivery Manager) shared details about how London Borough of Hackney adapted Salford Foundation’s model to develop a multi-generational buddy system, pairing young people with older residents to teach them digital skills.

Hackney Pitch_ LOTI Dragon's Den at DigiLeaders Week

LOTI at DigiLeaders Week

14/10/2020

LOTI Dragon’s Den at DigiLeaders Week

LOTI is hosting a two-hour session on 14 October from 12-2pm at DigiLeaders Week to showcase the products and projects that London boroughs have developed to bridge the digital divide across the capital.

30/09/2020

Digital Inclusion Workshops Summary and Recommendations

On Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 September, LOTI held workshops to explore digital inclusion issues based on residents’ increasing need to access education, work, training, social connections.

September 2020_LOTI Digital Inclusion Workshop Notes
LOTI Digital Inclusion for Covid Recovery

28/09/2020

Project Overview and Workshop slides

As digital exclusion is a multi-faceted issue that cannot be addressed in one go, we held two discovery workshops to explore and identify specific areas where we have the influence and ability to make change happen.

Project Kick-off