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Gateshead Council launches Fund to help address digital and training divide

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Gateshead Council launches Fund to help address digital and training divide

Gateshead Council has today launched a £200,000 Digital Transformation and Support Fund to support small and medium sized voluntary and community (VCSE) to identify the training and digital innovation their organisations need to help them grow and thrive.

The Fund is split into two parts, the first will focus on the development of the workforce and free training for the sector. Leanne Coxon of St Chads Community Project said: "I do feel strongly that if free training was available for the sector it would make a huge difference to our annual budgets, allowing us to spend our money on the things that matter to local people."   

The Council working with Connected Voice, will complete a training needs analysis with the voluntary and community sector which will be used to create a Work Force Development Strategy.  This will inform the procurement of training courses which  VCSE organisations who deliver services within Gateshead will be eligible to access free of charge.

The second focus will be on digital transformation and will support up to 25 VCSE agencies who may be at risk of falling behind in terms of digital innovation. 

Each successful participant will be supported by an IT consultant to undertake a Digital Maturity Assessment.  The assessment will cover their current ICT systems and infrastructure, cyber resilience knowledge, data management, digital culture and behaviours and digital impacts on service delivery.

Organisations will receive a support plan which clearly outlines areas for development, priorities for the organisation such as one to one training, specification development, documentation writing and for some, a small amount to invest in software or equipment.

Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, Councillor Linda Green said:

"Gateshead Council recognises the important and increasing role the voluntary and community sector will play as our communities seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Digital Transformation and Support Fund will help these vital organisations who are often at the heart of our communities, help us to make Gateshead a place where everyone thrives.

Whilst all voluntary and community sector agencies delivering services in Gateshead can apply for this, priority will be given to the smaller agencies with a turnover of up to £300,000 recognising many smaller organisations may be left behind as bigger agencies increasingly use technology to innovate, increasing the digital divide."

Applications will open for organisations to apply for a Digital Maturity Assessment at 9am on the 19 November and will close at midnight on the 10 December.

Apply for a Digital Maturity Assessment

News update
16 November 2021

Gateshead Council launches Fund to help address digital and training divide

Gateshead Council has today launched a £200,000 Digital Transformation and Support Fund to support small and medium sized voluntary and community (VCSE) to identify the training and digital innovation their organisations need to help them grow and thrive.

The Fund is split into two parts, the first will focus on the development of the workforce and free training for the sector. Leanne Coxon of St Chads Community Project said: "I do feel strongly that if free training was available for the sector it would make a huge difference to our annual budgets, allowing us to spend our money on the things that matter to local people."   

The Council working with Connected Voice, will complete a training needs analysis with the voluntary and community sector which will be used to create a Work Force Development Strategy.  This will inform the procurement of training courses which  VCSE organisations who deliver services within Gateshead will be eligible to access free of charge.

The second focus will be on digital transformation and will support up to 25 VCSE agencies who may be at risk of falling behind in terms of digital innovation. 

Each successful participant will be supported by an IT consultant to undertake a Digital Maturity Assessment.  The assessment will cover their current ICT systems and infrastructure, cyber resilience knowledge, data management, digital culture and behaviours and digital impacts on service delivery.

Organisations will receive a support plan which clearly outlines areas for development, priorities for the organisation such as one to one training, specification development, documentation writing and for some, a small amount to invest in software or equipment.

Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, Councillor Linda Green said:

"Gateshead Council recognises the important and increasing role the voluntary and community sector will play as our communities seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Digital Transformation and Support Fund will help these vital organisations who are often at the heart of our communities, help us to make Gateshead a place where everyone thrives.

Whilst all voluntary and community sector agencies delivering services in Gateshead can apply for this, priority will be given to the smaller agencies with a turnover of up to £300,000 recognising many smaller organisations may be left behind as bigger agencies increasingly use technology to innovate, increasing the digital divide."

Applications will open for organisations to apply for a Digital Maturity Assessment at 9am on the 19 November and will close at midnight on the 10 December.

Apply for a Digital Maturity Assessment

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