Cambridgeshire Digital Partnership (CDP) hosted their second Network Event in April and were delighted to welcome 18 attendees, representing the following fantastic organisations:
- John Huntingdon Charity
- It Takes A City
- Papworth Trust
- Reed in Partnership
- CHS Group
- The Prince’s Trust
- Meridian PCN
- Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire Libraries
- Cambridge CVS.
The event started with Mark Freeman, CEO for CCVS sharing 10 Actions from CDP’s Delivery Plan for the year ahead, before passing to spotlight speakers, who explored the theme of digital skills.
New Horizons, CHS Group
Laurie Frankland, Project Manager for New Horizons, CHS Group talked to us about the support they can offer and their referral process.
New Horizons offers up to 20 hours in person coaching on:
- MONEY – financial wellbeing coaching, helping remove money barriers to getting closer to work
- ONLINE – equipment, connectivity and skills.
- WORK – move closure to the job market through training, volunteering, how to apply for job prepare for interviews, brush up CVs etc.
They cover Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Norfolk. New Horizons is made up of CHS Group, Longhurst Housing Group, Cross Keys Homes, Centre 33, Voluntary Norfolk and Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.
Ana Silva, Library Development Officer Information & Learning and Rosie Veitch, Library Development Officer Digital Services for Cambridgeshire Libraries talked about their:
- 33 libraries across the county, registered as UK Online Centres
- Learn My Way – a free online learning programme to help people develop basic digital skills. The libraries encourage library customers who are new to the Internet and computers to give it a go, to build confidence and skills.
- Their Digital Buddies programme, training volunteers to support people in developing digital skills.
- That they have public computers and free wifi in every Library
- The launch of their digital strategy and key learning points
“No one organisation can achieve digital inclusion in isolation.”Cambridgeshire Libraries
Cambridge CVS & Cambridge Online
Suzanne Goff, Community Engagement Lead, CCVS talked about the Vaccine Access Program and the Vaccine Access Grant.
The partnership are hosting an in-person conference. Lockdown, Learning and Legacy – The Impact of Community Champion Programmes. Thursday 21st July in Cambridge, find out more.
James Lewis, CEO at Cambridge Online shared the recently published Digital Inclusion Directory. This Digital Inclusion Directory was funded by the Vaccine Access Champions project to help staff and the public access information regarding Vaccine Access online in and around Cambridge.
Getting to know each other
Attendees then had time to chat within breakout rooms, sharing current projects, challenges, and ideas for joined up working.
Thank you to everyone for coming and contributing, we can’t wait for our next meeting and hope to see you there!
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