Community and Third Sector Needs from Digital Transformation: A Panel Discussion

Hosted by Volition/Forum Central

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What is the workshop about?

Following cross sector consultation, Leeds is developing a city digital strategy. This workshop will provide a summary of what Forum Central, Voluntary Action Leeds and Third Sector Leeds, as key advocates for the sector, feel are the third sector’s needs around digital transformation, in line with what the sector has fed into the strategy to date.

The workshop will promote discussion, with an expert panel taking questions around the following elements of digital transformation:
▪ Provision and translation of core activities (digital/hybrid service provision)
▪ Digital integration (data infrastructure & business intelligence)
▪ Data sharing (organisational & service data; person/patient data)
▪ Digital inclusion/capability (third sector, communities & patients/citizens)


Confirmed panel members are:

Stephen Blackburn – Innovation Manager in Leeds Integrated Digital Services Team

Stephen has previously led on their smart cities programme, Smart Leeds, and headed up the open data portal, Leeds Data Mill from its inception and through its rebrand to Data Mill North, working with partners across the city and the North of England.

Dr. Claire Bastin – Co-founder of Nifty Sustainability, and co-author of the Third Sector Visibility (TSV) Project Report

The purpose of the TSV project is to help enable third sector organisations, Leeds’ commissioners, statutory bodies and other third and public sector partners, and communities of Leeds, access more reliable, up to date, rich and accurate information on third sector assets and services.

Anna Chippindale – Community Project Worker at Healthwatch Leeds

Anna is a key member of the Peoples Voices Partnership in Leeds and author of the Digitising Leeds report. The aim of the report  was to highlight how people experienced the move to digitised health and care services during Covid-19 and pre-Covid-19, with a particular focus on hearing the experiences of people with the greatest health inequalities.

Amy Hearn – Digital Inclusion Coordinator at Leeds City Council

100% Digital Leeds work with the third sector and broader system partners already supporting the people and communities more likely to be digitally excluded. They support partners to design and deliver bespoke digital inclusion interventions, building on strengths and assets, and help embed them within core services, in a way that works best for the organisation and meets the needs of their service users. The 100% Digital Leeds team advocate for a person centred, holistic approach to supporting digital inclusion, recognising digital as an enabler.

Gemma Johnson – Content and Communications Manager for MindWell

MindWell is the mental health website for adults in Leeds, providing one ‘go to’ place for accessible, up-to-date information about common mental health issues and ways to take care of your wellbeing. MindWell’s services directory is also a quick way to search and find contact information for local and national services, including third sector support.

The event will be chaired by Chris Hollins, the outgoing Independent Chair of Third Sector Leeds. Third Sector Leeds (TSL) is the leading policy body that advocates for the third sector’s values and interests in supporting Leeds’ Best City ambition.


Who is this workshop for?

The workshop is for anyone working in the third sector in Leeds, but may also offer insight relevant to partners working in other sectors.


Why is the workshop taking place?

This workshop seeks to broaden the conversation around digital transformation within the third sector, by setting out four priority areas of development. We want to hear your views on these priorities. Are they the right ones? Is there anything missing?

Community & Society, Data, Diversity and Inclusion
Community and Third Sector Needs from Digital Transformation: A Panel Discussion
29th Sep 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hosted by Volition/Forum Central

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