100% Digital Leeds - News and Updates for November

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November 2022

2022 Consumer Digital Index

Lloyds Banking Group have released the latest Consumer Digital Index

The 2022 UK Consumer Digital Index is the seventh in its series. The study uses the behavioural and transactional data of one million consumers to build a view of digital and financial capability across the UK.

While 99% of the UK have now been online in the last three months, 14 million people (27%) still have the lowest digital capability. This means they are likely to struggle interacting with online services and are at risk of being left behind and left out from society.

Read the full report here.

Highlights from 100% Digital Leeds

Here are some of the things that the 100% Digital Leeds team has been working on over the past month.

You can find out more about our work on the 100% Digital Leeds website.

Supporting digital health participation

An update on our Digital Health Hub network rollout, feedback from the first workshop in the current wave of development, and an invitation to join workshop two.

100% Digital and Leeds 2023 on BBC Radio Leeds

100% Digital Leeds was on the radio a few weeks ago, talking about our workshops with Leeds 2023. You can listen to the 12 minute interview on the BBC website.

£200,000 funding for Leeds Older People’s Forum

DDCMS has announced that Leeds Older People’s Forum is among those organisations successful in receiving money from the Media Literacy Taskforce Fund. The grant will be used to fund a two-year project in partnership with 100% Digital Leeds and others, focusing on media literacy and digital inclusion for older people.

The latest digital inclusion opportunities

Events and training

Details of this month's upcoming digital inclusion events and training opportunities. To be the first to find out about upcoming events from 100% Digital Leeds, follow us on Eventbrite.

LEEDS 2023 workshop: Beginners Guide to Unity Video Game Engine

Used to make some of the world's most popular games such as Cuphead, Untitled Goose Game, Beat Saber, and Pokémon Go to name a few, Unity is an incredibly powerful game engine.

Led by LEEDS 2023’s Creative Technologist Adam Skowronski and aimed at absolute beginners, this free workshop will be an introduction to the interface, basic concepts, and some of the functionality of this powerful free software.

Wednesday 30th December, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 4JB

Book via Eventbrite.

Launching our Community-based Approach to Digital Inclusion

The 100% Digital Leeds team was funded to write and publish a model that other councils could follow to increase digital inclusion. You'll hear from100% Digital Leeds about the approach and and benefits of adopting it, plus three local authorities will share their impressions on the usability of the approach, elements of the approach they have already managed to adopt, and the positive impact they have seen as a result.

Find more information and book a place at the launch on Eventbrite.

Funding opportunities 

100% Digital Leeds is 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.

Leeds Community Foundation: Jimbo’s Fund

This round of Jimbo’s Fund will make grants of £1,000 to £20,000 to support organisations working for the benefit of disadvantaged people in Leeds, particularly those with a focus on LS8, LS9, LS14 and LS15.

Applicant organisations must be established for at least 2 years and have a track record in the local area.

Grant Size: £1,000 to £20,000

Deadline: Friday 6th January 2023 at 12 noon

Read more and apply here.

Groundwork Comic Relief Funding

Grants of £10,000 are available to support local not-for-profit groups with an annual income of less than £250,000 to drive change in their communities.

Funding is intended to support community-led organisations to deliver change by drawing on the 'lived experiences' of people who have experienced the issues being tackled. Funding can be used to buy equipment, refurbish spaces, fund workshops and activities, pay co-ordinators to manage volunteer-led services or for employing outreach support workers, for example.

Deadline: Wednesday 30th November

More information and apply on the Groundwork website.

Lloyds of London Foundation Charity Partnership

Registered charities in the UK can now apply to the latest grants programme from Lloyd’s of London Foundation, an independent charity founded and funded by Lloyd’s.

The scheme offers grants of £25,000 to £50,000 to organisations supporting people and communities directly and supporting groups that are at risk or hard to reach with one of more of the following: employability, disaster avoidance and relief, social mobility, mental health, climate.

Deadline: Sunday 11th December

Find out more and apply on the Lloyds Foundation website.


We collect digital skills opportunities available for you and 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 skills support for Lifelong Learning Week

Skills information sessions from Employment and Skills Leeds

In collaboration with Leeds City College, Employment and Skills Leeds and digital training providers are delivering skills information drop-in sessions for adults, with a focus on enhancing digital skills. 

Get free advice on adult learning courses including digital skills, apprenticeships, and careers support. Learn practical I.T. skills for help with things such as budgeting, getting on-line, and staying connected. Get a free sim with 4G data, calls, and texts.

Drop in anytime between 10:00am - 2:00pm:

  • Tuesday 15th November - Armley Community Hub, LS12 1UQ
  • Wednesday 16th November - Dewsbury Road Community Hub, LS11 6PF

IT skills support sessions from Leeds City College

Between 7th and 18th November, Leeds City College will be delivering a series of free I.T. skills sessions at various community venues across the city. Sessions include smartphones, emails, social media, making videos, digital marketing, and coding.

For full details about the range of opportunities available and to book visit the Leeds City College website for further information or contact esemployers@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 378 7003

Discover Digital with Leeds Libraries

Whether a complete beginner or just needing a bit more support, Libraries can help. 

Their FREE #Digital121 programme of support includes: 

  • Telephone helpline for support with any digital enquiries
  • Access to computers and wifi in all libraries 
  • Tablet lending at selected sites* 
  • Sim gifting* 
  • Skills development sessions, including First Steps with Digital which supports adults who are off-line and helps build digital skills and confidence as well as Next Steps with Digital which supports adults in achieving life and work essential digital skills
  • Libraries Online Learning videos and tutorials 
  • Support from 300 staff all trained as Digital Champions

Getting online will also allow residents to enjoy the FREE online library offer - stream live music, search their family history, borrow an eBook, access newspapers and magazines, and much more.

* eligibility criteria may apply – visit your local library to find out more

Digital help for men from BARCA

5 weeks of 1 hour digital support sessions, starting Thursday 10th September.Some free data enabled tablets will be available.

For more information contact BARCA on 07563 391708 or email menshealthunlocked@barca-leeds.org

Breakfast and Browsers at Burmantofts Senior Action

Join every Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Cost £1.50

Burmantofts Senior Action CIO, Lower Ground Floor, 75A Stoney Rock Lane, Leeds, LS9 7TB

Partner Profile

Each month we will be including a profile on one of our delivery partners, showcasing their excellent work and giving examples of how they have integrated digital inclusion into their services.

The Holbeck Together staff team

Holbeck Together

Holbeck Together are celebrating their 30th Birthday. You can book to attend the celebration here.

As an organisation they are well placed within Holbeck to support the needs of their service users. They take a person-centred approach in providing a variety of services, activities, and opportunities for people to get involved in locally.

You can read their full profile and hear about the impact they've had on their local community on our website.

Tools and Resources

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.

Leeds Community Digital Support Directory

100% Digital Leeds is collecting information about digital access and support services available to Leeds residents. This includes organisations which offer public wifi, digital skills support, and device loaning. It also includes information on how to access their services, and who they support.

It would be great to include even more organisational digital inclusion offers on the map. If you would like your organisation’s information to be included on this resource, please complete this form.

Digital Inclusion and ESOL Meet-Up

This Online Centres Network meet-up is an open forum for organisations that support learners of English to access digital. Join us to share your insights about what works and what doesn't, resources and ideas. There will also be an opportunity to problem-solve with other organisations that work in ESOL and digital inclusion.

Tuesday 15th November, 2:00pm

Register on the Online Centres Network website.

MindWell Surveys

MindWell is the mental health website for adults in Leeds. 

The MindWell team is gathering feedback to help make improvements to the website. If you have used the MindWell website before to support you in your job role, the team would be grateful if you could help them understand what is working well on the website and what isn't by filling out a short survey.

The team has also created a separate survey aimed at people who have used the website outside their job role to find information or support for themselves or a friend/family member. The team would be grateful if you could help to share this with people you have signposted to MindWell or any people you may know who have used the website.


Digital inclusion job vacancies and volunteering opportunities from across Leeds.

Digital Inclusion Volunteers Needed at Your Back Yard

Your Back Yard are seeking volunteers to help support the delivery of their Digital Inclusion Sessions. These are rewarding sessions which support older people across the city to increase their digital skills and confidence.

Email victoria@yourbackyard.org.uk for more info or to sign up

Contact 100% Digital Leeds

The 100% Digital Leeds team is 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