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Invitation – OCC Digital Inclusion Workshops

March 30, 2022

Last October, we held a roundtable session with representatives from across the public and voluntary sectors to discuss the problem of digital exclusion and how we get to a digitally inclusive Oxfordshire.

The discussions at this session were extremely helpful and have shaped our initial thinking for the structure of our Oxfordshire County Council Digital Inclusion Strategy and we would like to invite you to share your views again, as part of our focused conversations during April.

Building on the input at the roundtable session, we would like to deepen our understanding of what a digitally inclusive community looks like, and welcome a range of views, experience, and insight at our upcoming participatory workshops, to ensure our strategy is truly reflective of our communities and inclusive.

We will be running three virtual workshops on Microsoft Teams during April, each with a focus on a different element of Digital Inclusion, which we invite you to join. You are welcome to join as many sessions as you are able to and ask that you please register for the workshop(s) with the theme that is most relevant and of interest to you.

Please find the link to register for the workshops on Eventbrite here: Oxfordshire County Council Digital Inclusion Workshops Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

The dates and times are as follows:

  1. Education, Wednesday 6th April, 14:30-16:00:

In this session, we will be looking to understand the experience of the digital divide (particularly around affordability, skills, devices and connectivity) in education, and hear suggestions of actions to tackle this.

We will have a particular focus on the experience of organisations working with the following: young people, families with school-age children, students, people with few qualifications, care leavers, and those in education.

  1. Isolation, Wednesday 13th April, 10:00-11:30:

Digital exclusion can result in increased loneliness, poorer health outcomes and financial exclusion.

In this session, we will be looking to understand the experiences of those who face challenges to being online for a range of reasons and may be isolated as a result, and are looking to develop suggestions of actions to tackle this. We recognise that the experiences of the digital divide will vary across different communities.

We will have a particular focus on the experience of organisations working with the following: older people, people with disabilities, people for whom English is not their first language, refugees, homeless people, the Armed Forces, carers, those living in rural areas, and those living with social deprivation.

  1. Local businesses and organisations, Wednesday 20th April, 9:00-10:30:

Digital skills and good connectivity support business opportunities and jobs. In this session, we will be considering what actions might be needed to make the most of this in Oxfordshire.

We will focus in particular on the experiences of small and local businesses and organisations, the private sector, and support for people who are currently unemployed.

 

Please do also share this invite with any of your networks, partner organisations or groups in Oxfordshire that would be interested in further shaping our Digital Inclusion Strategy. We hope to hear from and include as many organisations and views across Oxfordshire as possible!

If you have any questions, or cannot attend the workshops but would still like to feed into the strategy development, please feel free to get in touch with me at elena.grant@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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