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January 2023

Key community partners to host place-based Digital Inclusion Officer roles in NHS funded initiative

Fran at The Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station is the first community organisation in the city to host a member of staff whose role is to support the development, delivery, and coordination of digital inclusion support across the local area. The NHS Health Inequalities funded role is aimed at supporting improved digital health participation locally.

Read our blog about the new place-based Digital Inclusion Officer role.

Apply for the Digital Inclusion Officer post 

Highlights from 100% Digital Leeds

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

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

BBC coverage of digital inclusion in Leeds

The work of 100% Digital Leeds and Leeds City Council’s Integrated Digital Service was featured on BBC Look North and in an article on the BBC website earlier this month. Mekdes Felke from Harehills also features, sharing how she benefitted from digital inclusion support at Gipsil. 

Watch the three-minute clip from Look North

Success of the 100% Digital Leeds model for a community-based approach to digital inclusion

December saw the launch of the 100% Digital Leeds model for a community-based approach to digital inclusion to support other councils to apply the 100% Digital Leeds approach in their locality. The model has since been downloaded 89 times and featured in an article by UK Authority celebrating the national recognition of the 100% Digital Leeds programme.

Read our blog about the success of the model

Be Online Stay Safe: media literacy project with Leeds Older People's Forum

Leeds Older People’s Forum and 100% Digital Leeds have successfully received DCMS funding to deliver a partnership project addressing and improving media literacy for older people from diverse communities. Working with four community organisations, the project will overcome the digital inclusion barriers older people in diverse communities face to accessing media literacy, enabling them to positively interact online

Read our blog introducing Be Online Stay Safe

Transport Connections: taxi and bus app project with Leeds Older People's Network

100% Digital Leeds and the  Leeds Older People’s Digital Inclusion Network have partnered with Leeds Older People’s Forum to deliver Transport Connections, a project supporting older people to use taxi and bus apps and other digital tools that will help them navigate around the city, increasing their independence and improving their access to services.  

Read our blog introducing Transport Connections

Embedding digital inclusion into the Student Nurse placement program with Leeds Community Healthcare

100% Digital Leeds has partnered with Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) and Primary Care to pilot Student Nursing placements with a focus on understanding and supporting digital inclusion for improved digital health, preventative healthcare, and reduced health inequalities. 

Read our blog on embedding digital inclusion within Student Nurse Programme

Creative digital inclusion with adults with learning disabilities at Canal Connections

With support from 100% Digital Leeds and the Autism and Learning Disability Digital Inclusion Network Canal Connections secured NHS funding to support health, well-being, and safe relationships for learning disabled and neurodiverse communities. They have made a video showcasing this work.

Watch Canal Connections video

Help us understand how corporate volunteers could support your digital inclusion work

Help us better understand how corporate partners can support community organisations with digital inclusion and broader digital development work, through volunteering initiatives.

This 10 minute survey aims to understand demand for volunteering as well as the resources required for managing volunteering offers. The results will help us shape future work with corporate partners.

Complete the survey

Partner Profile: Turning Lives Around

Each month we showcase the digital inclusion work of one our our fantastic digital inclusion delivery partners. 

Turning Lives Around (TLA) is a charitable organisation that works to prevent homelessness and empower people to believe that they can change their lives and live independently. Over the last three years the organisation has worked with 100% Digital Leeds to embed digital inclusion across their service by:

  • providing staff with digital inclusion training
  • providing client-access wifi across the service
  • reconditioning old staff smartphones to be gifted to clients without devices
  • gifting free data, calls, and texts via the National Databank
  • addressing eSafety as part of standard needs assessments

As a result of these innovations TLA clients have easier access to services such as health, education, and benefits, the impact of which has been improved independence and wellbeing for clients, and more efficient use of staff time.

Read the Turning Lives Around partner profile.

The latest digital inclusion opportunities

Signposting to support in the community 

We collect information about digital inclusion support available for the public and publish it in our Leeds Community Digital Support Directory - perfect for signposting. To have your service included please contact us.

Digital skills and connectivity support at Leeds Libraries

Digital Drop-ins take place at libraries and community hubs across the city. Drop by with any questions you might have plus your device, or use a library computer. Free to attend, no need to book in advance. More information including dates, times, and locations.

First Steps With Digital are three-week short courses for absolute beginners. Attendees will learn the basic controls of their device and how to start using the internet. If attendees don't have their own device one can be provided. Free to attend, advance booking essential. More information including dates, times, and locations. 

Free data gifting is available for people struggling to afford connectivity. Sim cards with data and unlimited calls and texts (subject to availability) are available at no charge. Drop-in to Leeds Central Library on Wednesday afternoons, 2 - 3.30pm.

For more information on all of the above call 0113 378 5005

Headingly Digital Café with Your Back Yard and OWLS

Tuesdays, 2pm - 3.30pm, starting Tuesday 10 January for six weeks at OWLS. More information.

Free drop-in sessions for older people with content depending on what attendees want to learn such as email and WhatsApp, facetiming friends and family, or utilising transport apps.

Beeston Digital Cafe with Your Back Yard and MHA Beeston

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3pm, starting Thursday 2 February for ten weeks at MHA Communities South Leeds. More information.

Free ten week course for older people covering a range of topics depending on what attendees want to learn, such as email and WhatsApp, facetiming friends and family, or utilising transport apps.

Essential digital skills course with Unity

Fridays 9:30am - 2:30pm starting Friday 24 February for seven weeks, term time only, at Unity Business Centre. More information and booking.

Free face-to-face tutor led course covering essential digital skills for life and work. Free to all aged 19+, have leave to remain or indefinite stay in the UK. 

Creating animations and GIFs with The Highrise Project

Tuesdays 10am - 12pm, starting Tuesday 31 January for six weeks at Armley Community Hub. More information and booking.

The Highrise Project offers creative digital skills support and mentoring to residents in Armley living in social housing or on a low income. More information about their digital inclusion work, supported by the Leeds Community Foundation Leeds Digital Inclusion Fund.

Digital Access Points from Get Technology Together

More information including locations and timings.

Various community centres across the city offering free computer access with tutor support available for those who need assistance.

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.

Understanding and addressing barriers to participation through comms

Date and time: Thursday 9 February, 10am – 11am.

To book: Eventbrite

Free online workshop to support community groups and organisations to find and engage the older people less likely to access formal groups and activities through the language, images and information used to promote community activities, delivered by Age UK Camden.

Identifying and responding to isolation during day-to-day interactions

Date and time: Thursday 23 February, 10am – 11am

To book: Eventbrite

Free workshop to support community groups and organisations to find and engage the older people people less likely to access formal groups and activities via door knocking and outreach, delivered by Age UK Camden. 

Training for staff and volunteers from the Good Things Foundation

Follow the links for more information and to book. Attendees need an Online Centres ID to book. The Online Centres Network is free to join. All sessions are via Zoom Full list of training available.

What makes a good Digital Champion Volunteer Tuesday 31 January, 10am.

How to run a digital drop in Wednesday 1 February, 10am.

Good practice in digital inclusion Thursday 2 February, 11am.

Scams Awareness: Keeping Your Money Safe Thursday 9th February, 10am.

Supporting Older Learners with Digital Thursday 23rd February, 12 noon.

Supporting people with learning disabilities Thursday 9 March, 2pm.

Digital inclusion meet-ups from the Good Things Foundation

Sharing tools, resources, learning and best practice to support digital inclusion for a specific community of interest or on a particular issue. Delivered on Zoom. Follow the links for more information and to book. Attendees need an Online Centres ID to book. The Online Centres Network is free to join. Full list of meet-ups available.

Digital inclusion for older people Monday 30 January, 1pm.

Online safety Tuesday 7th February, 11am.

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.

Leeds Housing Advisory Panel (HAP) Funding

Housing Advisory Panels are groups of tenants from a local area who together decide how to spend a budget for community projects. The 11 area-based panels have a total budget of £405,000 to award to projects which benefit tenants and local communities in Leeds.

If your organisation delivers in an locality with council housing, or a percentage of your service users (say 20%) are council housing residents, you can apply for HAP funding. HAPs are keen to support the digital inclusion of tenants and there is an underspend for this financial year. Please speak to us if you're looking to apply.

Amount: not specified but 100% Digital Leeds has found applications of between £5,000 and £10,000 most likely to be successful.

Deadline: rolling, panels meet every eight weeks.

To apply: Get involved in your community

Refugee Support Small Grants Programme

Churches and Christian charities can apply for funding for projects that help refugees arriving in England from Ukraine and Afghanistan. Applications to provide mobile phones and digital devices will be considered.

Amount: £500 to £5,000.

Deadline: Friday 31 March.

To apply: Supporting refugees in England

The Leeds Fund Strategic Grants

Funding supporting community organisations being able to take time  from delivery and undertake strategic development work including unpicking challenges, identifying priority development objectives, and work towards achieving those objectives.

Amount: £30,000 over two years.

Deadline: Friday 17 February, 12 noon.

To apply: The Leeds Fund Strategic Grants 

Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund

The 2023 Smart Energy GB in Communities programme is now live, with grant funding and support being targeted to organisations reaching people in fuel poverty; people lacking basic digital skills; or carers. Grants of up to £25,000 are available for organisations that can deliver support to people in fuel poverty. Grants of up to £15,000 are available for organisations that can deliver support to people lacking basic digital skills. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for organisations supporting carers. The funding aims to make sure people in the three target groups understand how a smart meter could benefit them and increase the likelihood that they will seek and accept a smart meter installation. Deadline for applications: Friday 10 February at 12pm.


Charles Plater Charitable Trust

Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups for projects that deliver tangible outcomes to tackle poverty, exclusion, economic inequality, and environmental concerns for marginalised people and communities.

Amount: £5,001 to £60,000.

Deadline: Friday 17 March, 5pm (current round).

To apply: The Charles Plater Trust

Energy Redress Scheme

Grants are available to charities for supporting energy consumers in vulnerable situations. Examples include engaging vulnerable customers with energy issues and referring them for support, and delivering energy advice and training.

Amount: £20,000 to £300,000.

Deadline: Monday 30 January, 5pm (quarterly)

To apply: Energy Redress scheme

Household Support Fund Leeds Cost of Living Grants

Grants to support individuals in hardship over winter are available to organisations who support Communities of Interest including cultural diversity, people with mental health difficulties (including Young People), learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairment and older people.

Amount: £1,000 to £5,000

Deadline: Rolling with applications assessed weekly until all funds allocated. All grants must be spent by March 2023.

To apply: Household Support Fund Leeds

National Lottery Awards for All

Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities to carry out projects that will improve their local community. The fund can be used for utilities and equipment, among other things.

In 2023 the fund can support projects which celebrate the national events that are important to local communities including the Coronation, Eurovision, and the anniversary of Windrush.

Amount: between £300 and £10,000

Deadline: rolling

To apply: National Lottery Awards for All England

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 to be added to our support pages so others can make use of or refer in to it contact us.

 Understanding Digital Poverty and Inequality in the UK

A report from the British Academy.

Download the report

New online training resources hub from Digital Communities Wales

Lists of links to external web-based digital inclusion support resources have been curated under useful headings such as health and wellbeing, inspiring digital activities, and online safety.

Training resources

Employment and skills survey

LCC Employment and Skills are looking for people to complete this survey so they can better understand how they can support people in Leeds, the skills people need, and the learning opportunities that would best suit the community.

Complete the survey



Digital inclusion job vacancies and volunteering opportunities from across Leeds.

Digital Inclusion Officer at The Old Fire Station

The Digital Inclusion Officer will be responsible for the development of a sustainable Digital Inclusion support offer in the York Road Local Care Partnership (LCP) area. Based at The Old Fire Station in Gipton and travelling around the LCP area, you will design and deliver workshops and interventions to increase the digital confidence, capacity and capability of local people and organisations. You will work alongside local people, 100% Digital Leeds, third sector and health sector organisations.

Contract: one year fixed term, 37.5 hours per week, usually Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm.

Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 pro rata depending on experience.

Closing date: Sunday 19 February.

More information and to apply: Job vacancies at The Old Fire Station 

Digital Inclusion Volunteers at Your Back Yard

Opportunities for college and university students to support their digital inclusion projects helping older people to get online. 

More information or contact

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