Puslished: 24 April 2019
Mansfield Community Voluntary Service (MCVS) are looking to help the local community by bridging the gap in the digital divide.
Digital skills are increasingly vital for individuals and also the economy. Digital inclusion is about having the correct skills, access, motivation and trust to use computers and the internet with confidence.
Approximately 12 million adults in the UK lack digital skills (GOV.uk) which are essential for full participation in todays society; for work, life and learning. This can have a devastating effect on an individual’s health and well-being.
Government research shows that there are a number of barriers that can affect individual’s ability to access digital services;
Access – not everybody can afford to buy computer or phone that allows them to go on the internet. They may be unaware of where to access services. Or they may be apprehensive to make purchases due to lack of knowledge.
Skills – not everybody has the skills to access online services.
Confidence – Many people are afraid of the internet and internet crime or they may not know how or where to begin.
Awareness – not everybody is aware of all of the services that are available online.
MCVS is a charity that supports the community and voluntary sector within the Mansfield District and has recognised that digital isolation is a major problem within the area. It is exploring a number of initiatives that can help remove some of these barriers that people face and provide assisted digital support. In order to do this, they need to raise approximately £5000.
The support of local businesses, organisations and the public is vital and a JustGiving page has been set up that people can either fundraise, or donate to.
To help with this vital work, donate at: