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We live in a digital world. Mobile phones, the internet and digital TV are considered an essential part of everyday life. However, over one third of people are missing out because they cannot access the technology or see how it fits in with their life. Yet, it is these people who stand to benefit most…
We live in a digital world. Mobile phones, the internet and digital TV are considered an essential part of everyday life. However, over one third of people are missing out because they cannot access the technology or see how it fits in with their life. Yet, it is these people who stand to benefit most…

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Experience the Internet
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Highly Commended Best Development Project for theNominet Best Practice Challenge 2008
 
We live in a digital world. Mobile phones, the internet and digital TV are consideredan essential part of everyday life. However, over one third of people are missing outbecause they cannot access the technology or see how it fits in with their life. Yet,it is these people who stand to benefit most…
Why digital inclusion matters
Being digitally included is not just about knowing how to use a computer… usingInformation and Communication Technologies can open the doors to many life enhancingopportunities such as getting a job, staying in touch with friends and family, saving moneyand provide hours of entertainment. However, people on the wrong side of the digitaldivide are missing out and likely to become more and more excluded if they do not engagewith these technologies.
“We don’t intend to make anyone do anything they don’t want, all webelieve is that everyone should have the chance to use digital technology”
 About us
EverybodyOnline is a digital inclusion initiative from CitizensOnline, the UK’s leading and only charity solely committed toresearching, promoting and addressing the issues of digitalinclusion.Citizens Online is recognised as a trusted voice of the digitalinclusion agenda. Because of our work alongside key ICT expertsin government; business; and the voluntary sector and seeing theissues first hand; we have an extensive knowledge of the digitalinclusion agenda and how to address the issues.The first EverybodyOnline project launched in 2002. Since then atotal of 21 projects have worked across the UK linking in withbusiness, statutory and voluntary sector organisations to poolresources and provide internet and computer learning activities to some of the mostsocially and digitally excluded communities across the UK.
Our Approach
We believe that Digital Inclusion isn’t just about providing access to ICT - it’s about havingthe skills, the confidence and the motivation to use it. It’s not enough to show people howto use the internet if they do not understand the opportunities or the benefits it offers, or access it in a location that is convenient for them.We deliver tailored learning activities to introduce people to the internet, making it relevantto their lives so they may be empowered with the
confidence
and
skills
to benefit fromthe many opportunities the internet provides.
“Technology can be the key to empowering and improving people’slives”
Projects are set up in various locations that have been found to be digitally and or sociallydisadvantaged in some way. To ensure we target those most excluded we work with localpartners, such as supported housing and employment schemes, the police, schools, day
 
care centres and voluntary groups to deliver learning activities in community venues whereparticipants feel at ease with the new technology being introduced.
What we do:
Provide themed internet learning sessions: digital story telling, job seeking, onlinesafety for parents, genealogy and basic internet taster sessions
Organise events as part of national campaigns such as Silver Surfers Day, AdultLearners’ Week, BT Internet Rangers, Volunteers Week and Learning Disability Week
Develop and deliver bespoke non and accredited training courses, for example:Internet & Email basics, ICT level 1, Certificate for information Technology users’(CLAIT), city & Guilds in teamwork, communication and personal development
Work with local partners to develop new services and resources such as bringing tolife redundant IT suites, introducing the internet into sheltered housing and villagehalls and creating web pages to put local groups on the digital map
Work wth local stakeholders to secure funding for essential resources such as assistivetechnology (big key keyboards, roller mice and speech software) and refurbishingcommunity venues to provide ICT learning facilities
Our Key Successes
Each year EverybodyOnline demonstrates that it can successfullybridge the digital divide. We believe the EverybodyOnline programmeis a beacon of excellence in the field of digital inclusion as our keysuccesses demonstrate:
To date over 17,000 people have attended anEverybodyOnline session
Introduced the internet to over 750 people in shelteredhousing schemes
Have helped 135 people into employment
Where stats have been researched for EverybodyOnline projects, all recorded ahigher than average gain in internet use for that area
Received a Highly Commended award for the Best Development Project in theNominet Best Practice Challenge 2008
Participated in and supported bids to bring in over £2,324,000 into local communities
EverybodyOnline Northern Ireland recognised for its work by Equal Opportunities
 
European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (EYEOA)

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