East Hampshire District Council is delighted to announce a partnership with digital inclusion charity Citizens Online.

Working with the ambition to help make Whitehill & Bordon a Digitally Healthy New Town, Citizens Online is looking to increase skills provision with a digital inclusion network – and is inviting any organization interested in helping to reduce digital exclusion to join.

People who lack digital skills can’t always access the services they need. They also miss out on the many benefits that digital can bring, such as feeling less alone, finding work, saving money and improving health[1].

Citizens Online is rolling out its award winning Switch approach to understand digital inclusion in Whitehill & Bordon better and make sure sufficient support is available to those who need it. The vision is to embed Digital Champions within many organisations throughout the area and at the council, to help people with digital skills. Switch is funded by East Hampshire District Council and The National Lottery Community Fund[2] as part of the One Digital[3] programme.

Any organisation that would like to be involved should get in touch with Citizens Online, contacting Operation Director Rich Denyer-Bewick on 07471 351 629 or emailing rich@citizensonline.org.uk.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, East Hampshire District Council, said: “We are a forward-looking council and we know people need help to embrace digital technology, so they can benefit financially and socially, and access our public services better. We want to work in partnership with other local organisations to ensure we reach as many of our residents who need help as possible.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said: “We’re delighted to be working with East Hampshire District Council’s Whitehill & Bordon Team. We want to change the way local service providers and funders perceive the issue of digital inclusion – from being a ‘bolt on activity’ to a way of working that is part of business as usual.”

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