This session will cover how various resources within Leeds City Council were co-ordinated during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide a range of digitally enabled support to local people, working closely with partners from the third sector. This included running a low governance grant scheme, providing small sums of money to allow the purchase of equipment/data to allow ongoing support, via digital means, of some of the most marginalised groups in the City; building on existing digital inclusion work by the award-winning 100% Digital Leeds initiative; and, supporting infrastructure works enabling the Doing Good Leeds volunteer scheme to successfully allocate 8000 volunteers to tasks across 16 neighbourhood hubs.
Ian McArdle from 100% Digital Leeds will be joined by speakers from Forum Central, Leeds Older People’s Forum, and Pyramid of Arts to discuss how the local authority has helped to empower organisations and individuals throughout the city using digital in order to meet the challenges presented by Covid-19. Pip Goff is the Director of Volition and Third Sector and Community Local Care Partnerships (LCP) Lead at Forum Central.
Jez Coram is the Volition Development Worker for Learning Disabilities at Forum Central, and will be talking about the digital capacity harnessed by organisations that support people with a learning disability, and the formation of the Leeds Learning Disability and Autism Digital Inclusion Network, along with James Hill from Pyramid of Arts.
Ali Kaye is the Third Sector Development Manager at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and will be talking about building digital capacity within Leeds’ 37 Neighbourhood Network Schemes by upskilling staff and volunteers, and supporting older people to access digital services.