100% Digital Leeds - News and Updates for August and September

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Aug/Sept 2022

Leeds Digital Festival 2022

100% Digital Leeds are hosting events as part of the celebration of digital culture

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Leeds Digital Festival returns 19 – 30 September 2022 for a two-week celebration of digital culture.

100% Digital Leeds are hosting and contributing to a number of events that make up the programme. To be among the first to hear about events hosted by 100% Digital Leeds follow us on Eventbrite.

Some topics include; a showcase, in partnership with Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust, of accessible apps and resources to support people with learning disabilities to move more and stay happy and healthy, and a webinar hosted in partnership with Leeds Older People’s Forum about the ‘Transport Connections’ project, which will explore how bus and taxi apps can help support older people to access transport in the city.

For the complete list of events we are hosting, see the full summary on our blog.

We’re very also pleased to announce that 100% Leeds have the huge honour of being shortlisted for the Diversity & Inclusion award at this year's Leeds Digital Festival Awards.

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.

Arts in Care Homes Day digital arts programme

We’re celebrating Arts in Care Homes Day with a week-long programme of creative activities open to care providers in Leeds, free of charge. The programme, taking place between Monday 26th and Friday 30th September, includes a range of art forms and cultural activities, such as dance, embroidery, music, and local history (there’s even a virtual canal boat ride!). Sessions are suitable to the needs of people being cared for, such as older people, people living with dementia, and people with learning disabilities.

Care providers can view the programme to find out what’s happening and how to book on to sessions.

Monday 26th to Friday 30th September, various times.

Beginners Guide to Creative Live Streaming using OBS: free workshop with Sable and LEEDS 2023

LEEDS 2023 is excited to be working on a monthly series of free workshops in partnership with 100% Digital Leeds that aim to make creative software training more accessible to Leeds communities. Continuing the workshop series, this free workshop with Sable will focus on using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to show you how to make creative live streams that can be broadcast to multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.

Book via Eventbrite

Wednesday 28th September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 4JB

National Databank Q+A

Tuesday 6th September Month, 10:00am

An opportunity to find out more about the National Databank and how your organisation might benefit from joining.

The databank is tackling data poverty by giving free mobile data to people struggling to afford an internet connection via the Online Centres Network and as the cost of living emergency continues, this support has never been more vital.

You can sign up top attend the Q&A on Zoom

Apply to the databank via the Online Centres Network

Digital Voice for Communities - A trip down memory lane

Digital Voice have a huge collection of short films made by older people about life back in the day to stimulate memories of childhood.

As part of Arts in Care Homes day, they will be sharing tips on how to help a group or individual reminisce, and use free video resources to help stimulate conversation.

Tuesday 20th September, 11:00am - 12:00pm

You can book via Eventbrite

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

New Digital Café at Holt Park Active Leisure Centre

Your Back Yard are starting a new Digital Inclusion Café. They will be available to help people with their digital questions, queries and needs. Suitable for all ages and abilities. For more information contact victoria@yourbackyard.org.uk

Mondays, 1:30pm - 3pm, starting Monday 5th September.

Holt Park Active Leisure Centre, Holtdale Approach, LS16 7RX


Get Technology Together have a wide range of ICT support, courses and classes on offer, both online and face-to-face at venues across the city.

This includes drop-in support points at different city venues, and courses on MS Office, photography, web design, and many other topics.

You can find our more about what they offer, and register free on their website.

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

Development of the Digital Health Hubs Network

Digital Health Hubs are existing community organisations and locations with trusted people on hand to help their service users overcome barriers to digital inclusion so that they can access relevant information and tools to improve their health and wellbeing. There are currently 26 Digital Health Hubs in Leeds supporting digital inclusion locally with digital skills session, free wifi, 4G data gifting, and device lending.

100% Digital Leeds partnered with Local Care Partnerships (LCP) in Leeds to develop a community-based approach to support digital inclusion for improved digital health participation, with Digital Health Hubs at the heart.

The approach will be rolled-out across the city in an ambitious 24 month plan. The staged implementation plan will start in October 2022 with the support of over £200,000 in Health Inequalities funding which will increase third sector capacity for supporting digital inclusion.

The project will be launched at Leeds Digital Festival with a lunchtime webinar.

Doing digital in later life - A practical guide

Working in Partnership with the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, Good Things Foundation has produced an evidence-based practical guide for people supporting older people to get online. The guide provides lots of ‘top tips’ on how to give people over 75 digital inclusion support in a way that is right for them.

Digital Poverty in the UK Policy Briefing

A policy briefing paper from the Institute of Development Studies which includes links to other research and features their own survey data on the links between poverty/low income and digital exclusion.

Leeds Refugee Forum join Tech Lending Community

Leeds Refugee Forum is one of five organisations to win funding to set up tablet lending schemes for people living in temporary accommodation as part of the national Tech Lending Community project. The project, led by Hubbub, will see 1000+ refurbished tablets distributed to communities across the UK to help increase digital inclusion. From an incredible 82 applications, five organisations were chosen for funding.

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 

The Princes Community Fund - Supporting Rural Communities

Funding is available to support projects that enhance the sustainability of rural communities. Applications for grants of up to £25,000 over two years, for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK. Open to not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000.

Find out more and apply online.

Applications open Thursday 1st September and close Tuesday 11th October.

Sustaining Spaced Fund

National Survivors User Network (NSUN) has announced a new fund which will enable the continuation of spaces designed for those of shared identity to come together and support one another’s wellbeing.

Applicants can request grants of £500 to £1,000 for costs associated with sustaining their spaces. This could include tablets or laptops, costs for Zoom or other software subscriptions, volunteer and service user expenses, and materials and publicity for activities.

Find more info and apply on their website.

The deadline to apply is Friday 16th September, 5:00pm


Digital inclusion job vacancies from across Leeds.

Burmantofts Senior Action (BSA) - Outreach and Engagement Worker

Working under the direction of the Project Manager, this new role will provide important support to local older people, helping them to enjoy life, engage in new and exciting opportunities and receive valuable support with the aim of reducing social isolation.

28 hours a week
£22,571 basic/£17,081 pro rata (£11.70 per hour)

For an application pack please email info@bsaleeds.org.uk with subject “Outreach Role Application”.

For an informal conversation or to ask any questions you may have call the BSA office on 0113 248 9191.

Closing date: Monday 12th September

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