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May 2022

Leeds Digital Ball

Charity event raised money for a new Leeds digital inclusion grant fund

Amy Hearn and Rachel Benn at the Leeds Digital Ball

100% Digital Leeds have been working with Leeds Community Foundation to develop the soon to be released The Leeds Digital Inclusion Fund. Grants will support interventions which support digital inclusion in Leeds.

The funding pot will be made up of the proceeds of the inaugural Leeds Digital Ball, a charitable event celebrating the city’s tech community, highlighting the importance of digital inclusion, and raising funds to help narrow the digital divide.

We’ll let you know when the fund is ready for launch!

Photo: Amy and Rachel from the 100% Digital Leeds team were lucky enough to be invited to attend the Leeds Digital Ball.

The latest digital inclusion opportunities

Events and training

100% Digital Leeds host regular events bringing together organisations locally and nationally who want to do more to support the digital inclusion of their communities. Upcoming events and videos of previous events can be found on the 100% Digital Leeds website.

The basics of DaVinci Resolve: a free video-editing workshop with LEEDS2023

Learn how to edit video footage for anything from presentations to social media, YouTube videos and even films. This free workshop will cover all the basics to enable you to feel equipped to explore DaVinci Resolve, a simple to use, free to download, video-editing software.

Weds 25th May, 17:30 – 19:00

Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 4JB

Book Here

Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network: Creative Ageing Forum

The next Creative Ageing Forum will take place in Age of Creativity Month and will be hosted by Leeds Care Delivery Services with support from 100% Digital Leeds.

The forum will be a chance to hear about how you can get involved with the creative digital inclusion plans for Arts in Care Homes Day as well as other topics relating to arts, health and wellbeing with older people in Leeds.

Thurs 12th May 11:00 – 12:00

Book Here

Support for individuals 

See our website for curated lists of digital inclusion signposting opportunities, tools and resources for the individuals you’re looking to support - perfect for signposting. To have your service included in our support pages so others can make use of or refer in to it contact us

Digital Dilemma Drop-in @ BITMO

No need to book, call in with your tablet, phone or laptop (or use one of ours) and we can help troubleshoot your digital dilemmas!

Every Tuesday, 9:30 - 11am

BITMO’s GATE, Aberfield Gate, LS10 3QH

What's Happening - Belle Isle TMO

Lloyds Bank Academy Learn For Life

A digital platform to help people learn new skills and use online tools so they can be more productive at work and gain essential life skills. The ‘understanding digital’ section includes guidance on creating documents, setting passwords, and using devices

Lloyds Bank Academy

Carers Leeds - Young Dementia Carers Wellbeing Day

Carers Leeds will have various exciting activities which will stimulate the 5 senses – Sight, Touch,Smell, Taste and Sound. This will include Yoga, Henna, creative crafts and art, live singing, tombala and a raffle.

There will also be a digital stall where carers can practise games and use apps handy for their caring role. There will be a food buffet available.

May 14th, 11:00am - 3:30pm at The Young Dementia Leeds Hub in Cottingley

Young Dementia Carers Wellbeing day – Carers Leeds

Ready to launch a career in tech? AWS re/Start

AWS re/Start is a free 12 week bootcamp to kickstart your career in tech as a Cloud Support Practitioner — run in collaboration with Amazon Web Services. You don’t need any existing experience or qualifications to be part of this training programme.

Get Into Technology

First Steps With Digital

Are you ready to begin your digital journey? Then join our friendly librarians on a three-week course and take your first steps. We will show you the basic controls of your device and how to start using the internet. We can provide iPads for use during these sessions, or you can bring your own device. For beginners only.

Call 0113 378 5005 to book your free place.

Horsforth Community Hub & Library Mondays 9th, 16th, 23rd May 10.00 – 11.30am

Crossgates Library (temp unit, Crossgates shopping centre, next to Specsavers) Wednesdays 11th, 18th, 25th May 1.30 – 3.00pm

#Digital121 Drop-ins

Need help to use your tablet, smartphone or computer to try something new, say hello or get tech savvy? Come along with your device or use a library PC and talk to our friendly librarians who will help you get started. Learn how your device can help you improve your health, access library services to read eBooks and magazines online and even save you money. These are free events, no booking required.

Dates and Times

Crossgates (temp unit, Crossgates shopping centre, next to Specsavers) Tues 17th May 1.30 – 2.30pm
Deacon House Tues 24th May 10.30 – 11.30am
Compton Centre Tues 24th May 1.30 – 2.30pm
Wetherby Thurs 26th May 11am – 12noon
Burmantofts Thurs 26th May 1.30 – 2.30pm

Halton Tues 17th 11am – 12noon
Middleton Weds 18th 1.00 – 2.00pm
Kippax Weds 18th 1.00 – 2.00pm
Morley Tues 24th 11am – 12noon
Beeston Weds 25th 1.00 – 2.00pm

Support for organisations

See our website for curated lists of digital inclusion tools and resources to support you to embed digital inclusion within your organisation. If you would like to recommend a resource be added to our support pages so others can make use of or refer in to it contact us

Digital Inclusion in Care Homes

100% Digital Leeds are working with Care Homes across the city to improve outcomes for residents through digital inclusion in response to the current and emerging needs of care home providers and their residents.

Supporting care homes – 100% Digital Leeds (digitalinclusionleeds.com)

Contact rachel.benn@leeds.gov.uk for more information.

Which? guide to saving money on broadband, including a rundown of social tariffs

Millions of broadband customers are paying more than they need to for their connection. Help your service users get the best value from a contract with these tips. Several broadband providers offer discounted 'social' tariffs for customers who receive certain benefits and these are also outlined in the article.

How to save money on your broadband and TV bill - Which?

Free technology guides from Digital Unite

Digital Unite have a wide range of free, easy to follow, printable guides on using tech – from zooming to shopping to staying safe online. This includes a range of easy read guides useful if you’re working with people with learning disabilities or low literacy.

Guides: Technology guides | Digital Unite

East Read guides: Easy read technology guides | Digital Unite

Digital Heritage Hub

This new free website aims to help culture and heritage organisations boost their digital knowledge and capability but includes resources useful to all sectors such as guides on:

How do I run excellent online events?

How do we make our online events and activities as safe, accessible and inclusive as possible?

How do I ensure that the content I create is accessible?

What is a ‘hybrid’ event and how do I create engaging content for this type of event?

Digital Heritage Hub - CultureHive

Tech and Tea - Digital Health Hub Launch

Tues 17th May, 11am - 2pm

Come along to the launch of our New Digital Hub, Community Hub, Age UK Leeds, Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA

  • Do you provide digital support to people in Leeds?
  • Do you want a space to showcase your offer to people in the City Centre?
  • Are you interested in working in partnership to improve digital inclusion for older people across Leeds

During this event there will be opportunities for you to:

  • View the facilities available in our new Digital Hub
  • Network with other locally based digital providers
  • Share information about your work with the older people attending
  • Drop off leaflets and other resources for use within the new Hub
  • Speak to our digital team about opportunities to contribute to our programme of activities and events or work together on other digital initiatives

Contact Jessica.Inglis@ageukleeds.org.uk for more information and booking details

Digital exclusion: A review of Ofcom’s research on digital exclusion among adults in the UK

A report published by Ofcom in March of this year with lots of useful information on who is more likely to be digitally excluded and why, useful for inclusion in funding bids with a digital inclusion element.

This review outlines the data sources that Ofcom uses to explore and understand digital exclusion.

Adults' media use and attitudes - Ofcom

Funding opportunities 

100% Digital Leeds are keen to support the development of any funding bids with a digital inclusion element, or to help you embed digital inclusion throughout your project. If you would like support contact us 

Digital inclusion grants from Clarion Futures

You can get a grant of £1,000 to £5,000 for innovative digital inclusion projects that help Clarion residents and the wider community to get online, and safely and confidently use the internet as an everyday tool.

Clarion housing in Leeds is in the York Road/Halton/Seacroft/Killingbeck area - speak to us for more details.

The current application window for closes at 12 midday, 18 May 2022. There are further rounds in August and October.

Community and digital grants | Clarion (myclarionhousing.com)

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund

The focus of the Fund is on arts education – activities that boost wellbeing and extracurricular arts to increase soft skills. The Fund can support young people up to the age of 20; and/or young people up to the age of 25 with disabilities.

The advice specifies that the fund can be used for digital activity – this includes animation, videos, illustration, digital painting, graphics and graphic design.

Grant Size: Up to £10,000 for 2 years (up to £5,000 per year)

Deadline: 08/06/2022

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund | Leeds Community Foundation (leedscf.org.uk)

Thomas Wall Trust - Grants supporting communication for employability

Grants are available for UK registered charities for specific projects or core activities that equip disadvantaged people aged 18 and over with the necessary communication skills for employment. They welcome proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

Grant size: Up to £5000

Deadline: September 2022

Thomas Wall Trust

Co-op Local Community Fund

You must be a not for profit group and deliver a project to benefit your local community.

You can apply if your project brings people together to access food, helps improve people’s mental wellbeing, creates opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference, helps people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

Grant size: £1,000 to £5,000

Deadline: 29 May 2022

Co-op (coop.co.uk)


Digital inclusion job vacancies from across Leeds

Your Back Yard are looking for a digital volunteer to support their digital inclusion project working with Older People

Closing date 19th May, contact Your Back Yard for more information

Telephone: 0113 229 0260

Your Back Yard CIC – Places To Be Proud Of

Contact 100% Digital Leeds

The 100% Digital Leeds team are keen to hear from any organisations delivering in Leeds to people who are more likely to be digitally excluded. We will work with you to help you better understand the digital inclusion needs of your communities and embed digital inclusion awareness, support, and signposting, throughout your service to make it as inclusive as possible. To find out more contact us