May newsletter from 100% Digital Leeds

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May 2023

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.

New Digital Inclusion Officer in East Leeds

The Old Fire Station recently appointed a Digital Inclusion Officer who will not only offer support to those who come to the Old Fire Station, but also help the organisations along York Road increase their capacity and ability to support digital inclusion for anyone living in the York Road area of the city. The 12 month post is supported by NHS Health Inequalities Funding to support the development of the local Digital Health Hub Network.

For more information visit our blog.

100% Digital Leeds project spotlight by DigiCo

The Digital Collective's mission is to bridge the digital inclusion gap. Based in Belgium they partner with public and private organisations to improve people’s lives, connecting those who lack basic digital skills with learning opportunities and tools that improve their social and economic inclusion. 

This month they have spotlighted 100% Digital Leeds and the amazing outcomes that we are achieving in Leeds through our community based model approach. 

See more of the work that DigiCo are involved in and read the article on the website 

100% Digital Leeds at the community launch of the Digital Poverty National Delivery Plan 2023

100% Digital Leeds were invited to join the expert panel at the the community launch of the Digital Poverty National Delivery Plan 2023. The plan builds on the UK Digital Poverty Evidence Review 2022 and sets out actions to ensure that everyone can use the internet to unlock a full range of social benefits.

To watch a recording of the event visit YouTube.

Arts in Care Digital showcase 

In May 100% Digital Leeds hosted an interactive event at showcasing the amazing work that is currently being delivered in care settings by arts and cultural organisations including Yorkshire Dance, Leeds Playhouse, and Ascendance. During the session 100% Digital Leeds introduced the plans for the Arts in Care Homes Digital Arts Programme 2023.

For more information visit our blog. 

Launch of digital arts participation programme 2023

28 June 12:30 - 1:00pm, via Zoom

This webinar is an opportunity for artists, arts and cultural organisations and other interested parties to hear more about the proposed plans for Arts in Care Homes Day in Leeds and find out how they can get involved. 

For more information and to book visit Eventbrite.

Events and Training

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

Health Literacy Awareness Training

Friday 16 June - 12:00-13:00, Online via MS Teams. To book visit the Leeds Libraries for Health website

The session will explore the impact of low levels of health literacy and also signpost to helpful resources to enable staff to learn easy to use techniques to improve communication, supporting the understanding of the people they treat and care for. 

Better Conversations skills sessions

Level 1 - via e-learning. Level 2 and 3 - various dates, see the Leeds Health and Care Academy website for more information and to book.

The cornerstone to any person-centred approach is the ability to have a quality conversation, to be able to listen and connect one on one in a meaningful way with your service user. This includes supporting digital inclusion, especially with those for whom motivation is a barrier. 

The Better Conversations programme supports the workforce to think about how collaborative conversations can empower people to take ownership of their health and care andcan be accessed by anybody working in health and social care in Leeds, at any level, and from any organisation.

Online Centres Network training

Various Dates, see the website for more information and to book

Upcoming webinars include Introducing the New Learn My Way and Good Practices in Digital Inclusion.

Could your digital hub be the next face of a Good Things Foundation campaign?

Good Things Foundation are excited to shine a light on all of the incredible digital inclusion services your organisation offers and hope that their campaigns enable more people to improve their lives through digital. If your Digital Inclusion Hub would like to be featured in their campaign to launch the next generation of Learn My Way email the Good Things Foundation, they look forward to hearing any insights, stories or good news.

Opportunity to work with the Good Things Foundation as a network ambassador

Applications open 30 May

Good Things Foundation are recruiting  experienced and dedicated organisations to the Network Ambassador role to facilitate a peer to peer support network, to share best practice and enhance place based cooperation. For interested parties there will be a Q&A session on Tuesday 13 June at 2pm

For more information and to apply see the Good Things Foundation website.

Leeds Health and Care Learning Portal

The Leeds Health and Care Learning Portal is an online platform offering free learning content, training, and development resources to anybody working or volunteering in a health and care role in Leeds, including in the third sector.

Sign up to the Leeds Health and Care Learning Portal.

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.

The Leeds Digital Inclusion Fund Briefing Event

Mon 12 June, 10 - 11am, online. For more information and to book visit Eventbrite.

The Leeds Digital Inclusion Fund will support the development and delivery of sustainable digital inclusion interventions in Leeds. Grants are aimed at ensuring that individuals and communities in Leeds have the skills, support, and equipment to be active online, now and in the future.

During the event, we'll share information about The Leeds Digital Inclusion Fund criteria and application process, as well as the support that 100% Digital Leeds can offer.

The event will be recorded, so even if you can't make the date you can still register and you'll be emailed the recording afterwards.

In the meantime, you can take a look at their open grants, and see their Applying for a Grant page for more information about the processes.

Digital inclusion grants from Clarion Housing 

£1,000 to £5,000, deadline 28 June at 12 noon. For more information and to apply visit the Clarion website.

The fund is designed to support Clarion residents of all ages to get and stay online and to use the internet as an everyday tool, safely and confidently. Organisations applying must be in the vicinity of Clarion housing.

The Fund is designed to address digital exclusion, and to:

  • Support Clarion residents to discover the full scope of how the internet can assist them in their everyday lives, and provide them with the skills and confidence to do so.
  • Support residents to access the tools that meet their individual needs and circumstances.
  • Encourage residents to use the internet safely and with confidence.
  • Support residents of all ages, regardless of whether they go online regularly, to use it safely, and avoid risky and/or illegal behaviour.

Discovery Fund from Power to Change

Deadline midday on 21 July. For more information and to apply visit the Power to Change website.

The Discovery Fund will support organisations to explore a challenge they've identified, and learn the processes and skills needed to think about how they could design a community tech solution. They're also offering free training on working in the open and a place in their community tech community of practice.

  • £10,000 to explore a community tech solution to an existing business or community challenge.
  • £2,000 to fund open working and to engage with the community tech community of practice.
  • A free place on a structured design course – Community Explore – to help you move from challenge to solution. 
  • A free place on Third Sector Lab’s Open Working and Reuse course.
  • A network of experts and like-minded peers in a facilitated community of practice.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Deadline 4pm on 7 July. See the Funding Leeds website for more information and to apply.

Non-profit groups can now apply to the next grants round from Hilden Charitable Fund which aims to address disadvantage, activities must fall into one of two programme areas:

  • Asylum seekers: for organisations working to provide essential services which help meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees and support their integration into the wider community.
  • Penal Affairs: for work "through the door" where organisations go into prisons with projects and support to help prisoners (especially women) cope and/or maintain family bonds and to be better able to resettle positively when released.


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.

First Steps with Digital from Leeds Libraries

The next course takes place on 7, 14, 21 June, 2:00 - 3:30pm, Ardsley and Tingley Community Hub and Library. For more information, to see more course dates and to book visit the Leeds Inspired website or call 0113 378 5005.

A three-week course for beginners taking their first steps. Learn the basic controls of your device and how to start using the internet. We can provide a device for use during the sessions or bring your own.

#Digital121 Drop-ins from Leeds Libraries

Free, various dates, times, and locations. To see the schedule visit the Leeds Inspired website or call 0113 378 5005.

Learn how your device can help you improve your health, access library services to read eBooks and magazines online and even save you money.

Study digital and IT with Northern College

Northern College have courses that introduce you to the Digital world as well as higher level courses to further develop your knowledge and skills. If you are unsure where to begin their Student Support Team can work with you to design your own pathway. See the website for more information

Tech careers launchpad sessions - Getting Noticed In Tech

Wednesday 14 June - 12:00-14:00, Infinity Works

Leeds City Council are working in partnership with Infinity Works and Northcoders to deliver the second in the series of Tech Careers Launchpad Sessions. The session is all around support to help people interested in a career in the Tech world and gain insight into how to establish and build your profile, grow your network, and stand out from the crowd. There are speaker sessions on the day from people who are very successful in the sector and are keen to share their knowledge and experience to help others on their journey. Lunch is also provided and you are free to network with the organisations in attendance.

To book a free place visit the Infinity Works website

Digital and Paper Collaging Session

Thursday 15 June - 12:30-14:00, Hunslet Library. To book visit the TicketSource website.

Learn new collaging skills with paper and Digital (using the PicCollage App). Have some collaging fun while learning some new digital skills in a relaxed environment. Maybe even take some photos of the beautiful library setting to add to your collage? Create artwork to keep or attach to a greetings card. Everything you need to create a paper or digital collage will be provided at this free event.  

BOSS (Be Online Stay Safe) Leeds Irish Health and Homes June course open for participants 

The BOSS project supports older people (aged 60+) from diverse communities to develop their media literacy skills and protect themselves from online disinformation. Leeds Irish Health and Homes are ready to sign up participants to their next course starting in June, email Anne Pearce or call the office on 0113 262 5614 to find out more information.

Cafe LEEP launches as new Digital Health Hub

Cafe LEEP are thrilled to announce that they are now launching as a Digital Health Hub. They now have free wifi available for customers, and tablets that can be used in the cafe so customers can get online while enjoying a delicious snack or a coffee.  

If you are interested in visiting Cafe LEEP to see the amazing work that they do, training and supporting people with learning disabilities, you can find out more on the Leep Cafe website.  If you would like to find out more about Digital Health Hubs you can find out more on the 100% Digital Leeds website.

Leeds Refugee Forum tech lending drop in 

One Community Centre, Lincoln Green - Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm

Leeds Refugee Forum is part of a tablet and sim card lending scheme to people in temporary accommodation, aiming to reach people living in vulnerable and uncertain circumstances and offer the opportunity to connect with the digital world.

For more information and to see what other activities and classes are on offer see the website.

Leeds Libraries Online Learning

Leeds Libraries Online Learning is a free learning platform with a range of digital tutorials including accessing free ebooks, using the NHS app, challenging fake news, reducing your carbon footprint.

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.

Future Talent Plan - learning disability in Leeds

There is a new article on the Future Talent Leeds website about employment and skills activities supporting people with learning disabilities which highlights the range of activities happening around the city, as well as the strategies helping to make real changes for people, resources for people with learning disabilities and support for employers. Access the article on the Inclusive Growth Leeds website.

Common Vision's latest 'Futures Playbook' - Creative Community Engagement: Learning Through the Pandemic

The Futures Playbook draws on comprehensive mapping of community-based cultural initiatives to build a rich picture of the ways in which cultural organisations and practitioners have been unable to interact with their usual communities in conventional settings during the pandemic. It shares learnings in five categories including connection online and digital accessibility, exploring what this means for developing cultural practice beyond the pandemic and future opportunities to engage communities in cultural and creative experiences.

Volition seek chair of the board and trustees

Volition are looking for passionate people to join the Trustee Board, with vacancies for the Chair and Trustee positions now open. Visit the Forum Central website for more information.


Digital inclusion job vacancies and volunteering opportunities from across Leeds.

Various roles with The Good Things Foundation

The Good Things Foundation are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to join their team and help them to work towards fixing the digital divide. They have multiple job openings for officer-level roles, you can find out more about all these roles and how to apply by visiting the Good Things Foundation website.

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