In North West Sutherland, BT, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High Life Highland, and Citizens Online are working together to deliver the Get IT Together Programme, a community development approach to digital inclusion, helping people across the area to benefit from gaining on line skills.
Our Digital Zone, a roadshow set up to help people in the Highlands and Islands make the most out of digital technology, is underway. To ensure maximum participation the project had a big publicity drive and secured the support of partners who spread the word through their networks. As a result, the first two events in Inverness, held at the Eastgate Centre and Kinmylies Church, were well attended by people interested in getting online.
Local community groups have been enthused by the roadshow and many are now offering classes for local learners, including Elgin Library in Moray who is running free IT taster sessions.
Irene Warner-Mackintosh, Get IT Together Project Coordinator, commented: “We’re delighted that classes are starting immediately on the back of the roadshow.
“Our Digital Zone provides a strong strategic platform that allows partnership working. We are already making cross referrals to colleagues within Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and The University of the Highlands and Islands, ensuring that individuals receive more cohesive digital participation support.”
Get IT Together in North West Sutherland is supported by BT’s Connected Society programme, BT’s commitment to help people right around the world gain the skills and confidence they need to join the online community and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and High Life Highland.
Blog post by Irene Warner-Mackintosh