Having access to the internet can have many benefits - everything from finding the cheapest car insurance to ordering your prescriptions online; from submitting job applications to keeping in touch with friends and relations.
Office of National Statistics figures show however that 20% of adults in Cornwall have never used the internet – this is higher than both the regional and national average. The Superfast Cornwall 2011-2015 programme helped address the very real issues of digital exclusion. Working with Get IT Together, a joint initiative between BT and the national charity Citizens Online, we ran a pioneering digital inclusion programme that will help 3000 people use the internet for the first time.
This programme included workshops and taster sessions in local venues such as village halls, libraries and even local pubs. Superfast Cornwall and Citizens Online also helped community groups and churches to set up their own internet centres and develop partnerships with organisations such as housing associations and Job Centre Plus to extend digital skills training to key groups.