Tackling data poverty is a key element of Leeds’ community-based approach to supporting digital inclusion and inclusive digital transformation.
A recent report from the House of Lords revealed that over 1 million household nationally have had to cancel or cut back their internet packages in the last 12 months due to financial pressures.
The National Databank supports many partners across the city to provide those in need with free 4G data, calls, and texts via the gifting of SIM cards. Those partners already work with the people and communities most likely digitally excluded and have embedded digital inclusion into their day-to-day practice.
This face-to-face event at Leeds Central Library is an opportunity for organisations interested in joining the National Databank or already gifting data but looking for practical ways to improve their gifting offer, to access learning and practical support to gifting data effectively and efficiently.
Speakers from organisations successfully gifting data across different sectors, settings, and communities will share learning, resources, and tips to help others overcome common barriers and frequently faced challenges to making the Databank work for them.
Good Things Foundation will share information about the National Databank, including demonstrating recent changes to the website that have streamlined the process. They will be on-hand to troubleshoot and offer advice on how to overcome any challenges to signing up to the Databank or gifting sims.