August news from 100% Digital Leeds

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August 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.

Tackling data poverty in Leeds

In September 100% Digital Leeds is hosting two free events sharing the city’s approach to tackling digital poverty, as part of Leeds Digital Festival. Attendees will be able to find out more about our approach to gifting data, and how they can support people to access free data. 

Read more about the 100% Digital Leeds partnership approach to tackling data poverty and supporting effective SIM gifting and sign up to attend the two sessions on the 100% Digital Leeds blog.

Be online stay safe (BOSS) project update

The Be Online Stay Safe (BOSS) project is a partnership between Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and 100% Digital Leeds. With the support of the DCMS Media Literacy Programme Fund the project aims to overcome the digital inclusion barriers older people in diverse communities face to accessing media literacy, tackling challenges set out in the DCMS Online Media Literacy Strategy. Read more about the project on the 100% Digital Leeds blog.

Creating new cross-sector partnerships to support digital transformation

100% Digital Leeds is working with Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds Community Foundation to explore how businesses in Leeds can support the digital skills and capacity of the city’s third sector. Sign up for the networking event via Eventbrite.

Read more about how 100% Digital Leeds brought together representatives from across the tech and voluntary sector for a roundtable event on the 100% Digital Leeds blog.

Arts in care digital programme open for bookings

The 2023 Arts in Care Digital Programme is a week long programme of workshops and activities aimed at people receiving care, following the National Day of Arts in Care Homes which this year is on Sunday 24 September. The events are now open for bookings via the Leeds Inspired website, to see more information about the programme please read the 100% Digital Leeds blog.

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.

Royal Mencap’s positive changes group

Royal Mencap - Positive Changes group

This month we hear from Matt Bellbrough, Community Partner at Royal Mencap, who has worked with 100% Digital Leeds to set up the Positive Changes group. Read the full blog on the 100% Digital Leeds Website.

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 Digital Festival 

18 - 29 September

The Leeds Digital Festival is an open, collaborative celebration of digital culture in all its forms and this year 100% Digital Leeds are hosting three sessions that can be booked via Eventbrite. 

Tackling data poverty in Leeds: a community-based approach to gifting SIMs

18 September 1 - 2pm, online

This event will highlight how this cross-sector strategic approach to data-gifting enables people struggling to afford connectivity to access the digital tools and services they need to support their health, employability, and social inclusion. We will share how the use of the National Databank supports the implementation of the city’s Digital Strategy.

Book via Eventbrite.

Creating new cross-sector partnerships to support digital transformation

25 September 12 - 2pm, 6 Wellington Place

This event, hosted by 100% Digital Leeds and Voluntary Action Leeds, will provide networking opportunities between community organisations looking for support with digital inclusion and digital transformation, and tech companies offering pro-bono support with skills and capacity.

Book via Eventbrite.

Making the National Databank work for you: supporting effective SIM gifting

28 September 2 - 4pm, Leeds Central Library

This event in partnership with Good Things Foundation is an opportunity for organisations interested in joining the National Databank or already gifting data but looking for practical ways to improve their gifting offer, to access learning and practical support to gifting data effectively and efficiently.

Book via Eventbrite.

Digital Culture Network: marketing webinar

6 September 2pm, online. Book via the Digital Culture Network's website.

This webinar, aimed at creative and cultural organisations will outline techniques to help you prioritise your marketing goals in a more strategic way and turn them into the framework of a focused and coherent marketing plan. 

Digital workshops with LEEDS 2023

LEEDS 2023 are hosting various digital workshops, upcoming sessions include:

Beginners guide to creative livestreaming using OBS

7 September 2pm, Moor Allerton Library. Book via Eventbrite.

This session will show you how to make creative Livestreams that can be broadcast to multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch and Facebook. 

Audio editing for beginners using Audacity

28 September 11am, Morley Salvation Army. Book via Eventbrite.

This session is an introduction to the free but incredibly powerful audio editing software Audacity, which will enable you to record your own music, podcasts and loads of other content. 

End Digital Poverty Day

12 September. Visit the Digital Poverty Alliance website to find out more.

End Digital Poverty Day aims to generate real impact and drive change in the lives of those affected by digital poverty.  

Is universal internet access becoming an essential human right?

12 September 11 - 11.40am. Book via Eventbrite.

As part of End Digital Poverty Day, Digital Poverty Alliance are hosting Matt Adam, CEO and Founder of We Are Digital, a trailblazing organisation dedicated to bridging the digital divide. 

Community-led digital inclusion support: national digital inclusion network

12 September 3 - 4pm, online. Book via Eventbrite.

At this session Good Things Foundation will talk about how community hubs support digital access and why community support is essential. 

A more equal digital society: in conversation with Alex Davies Jones

13 September 7pm, London and online. Book via Eventbrite.

This event will seek to answer the question: how can we build a more equal digital society in Britain? 

Hack for good

21 September 8am - 6pm, Nexus. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Hack for good is back and bigger than ever! Come and join us for the day for the chance to help Leeds City Council in their mission to help Leeds become a great place to work, for everyone. The event is open to all, from developers to community workers or interested individuals. You can form your own team, or we will help you to find one, once you have signed up.

Digital Culture Network on tour

5 October 10am - 12pm, online. Book via Eventbrite.

The Digital Culture Network (DCN) provides free support to individuals and organisations from across the creative and cultural sector. This autumn the network are hosting a series of events to introduce the Digital Culture Network offer to organisations and individuals who haven’t previously engaged, and those looking for a refresh on who the network is and how they can help. 

Digital skills for heritage

18 October 11am - 5:30pm, hybrid - online and London. Register for your free place on the Culture Hive website

Digital Skills for Heritage has raised digital skills and confidence across the UK heritage sector over the past three years. This event will celebrate the wealth of resources created by this initiative, bringing together speakers from Digital Skills for Heritage projects to reflect and share the achievements and learning from their digital journeys to help inspire the wider sector. 

Digital Culture Network: how to make YouTube, TikTok or Instagram videos your audience will love

25 October 2pm, online. Visit the Digital Culture Network's website

This webinar, aimed at creative and cultural organisations will explain how to get the best out of your mobile device to make engaging content for platforms like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. You’ll come away with tips on the best editing tools and optimal camera set-uplearn what makes a great video structure and understand how short form videos can help you engage audiences on popular social media platforms.


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.

Some funding links will take you through to the Funding Leeds website and you will need to register to be able to access the information. Once you have registered for free you will have access to a national database of funding sources and get regular email updates on your funding area of interests.

Stay well this winter grants

Grants are available to community groups for projects in Leeds that can help people who are the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of cold and severe weather.

Amount: Up to £3000

Deadline: 12 September 

More information and to apply: Fund details | Funding Leeds (

Peer support grants

Funding is available for small one-off grants to support the running and increased engagement of peer support groups for people with long-term conditions. Funding can be used for engagement, transport, venue costs, equipment, training, and promotion of events. 

Amount: Small grant up to £100, medium grant up to £200, large grant up to £500

Deadline: 17 September

More information and to apply: Peer Support Grants for groups supporting people in Leeds with long term health conditions - Doing Good Leeds

Household support fund Leeds: cost of living grants

This funding is to be distributed to organisations who support Communities of Interest including cultural diversity, people with mental health (including Young People), learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairment and older people.

Amount: Up to £5000

Deadline: 24 September

More information and to apply: Household Support Fund Leeds - Cost of Living Grants - Forum Central

Clarion futures digital grants

Grants are available for projects committed to getting Clarion residents, and the wider community, online. Projects must aim to support individuals to improve their digital skills to safely and confidently access online services on a regular basis. 

Amount: Between £1,000 and £5,000

Deadline: 27 September 12 noon

More information and to apply: Fund details | Funding Leeds (

The community organisations cost of living fund

One-off grants are available for front-line charities, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations based in England that are struggling to meet increased demand for their critical services due to the increased cost of living.

Amount: Between £10,000 and £75,000.

Deadline: 16 October, 12 noon

More information and to apply: Fund details | Funding Leeds (


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.

Yorkshire Dance zoom sessions

Every Tuesday, starting 5 September 11am - 12 noon

Join Yorkshire Dance for free fun and lively dance sessions online every Tuesday. Led by professional dance artists it’s a great way to keep active, promote body awareness, holistic health and fitness. You can do as much or as little as you like and you can be seated or standing. The classes are all adaptable to different mobility levels and care staff are encouraged to be part of the fun! Zoom links will be sent out before the session begins. For more information email Adie Nivison.

Sim gifting from Leeds Libraries

To support people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, community hubs and libraries across Leeds have free mobile sims available with up to six months unlimited calls and texts plus data to help people stay in touch and get online.

People can be signposted to Central LibraryArmley Community Hub and LibraryReginald Centre Community Hub and LibraryCompton Centre Community Hub and Library and Dewsbury Road Community Hub and Library.

Tablet lending from Leeds Libraries

Leeds Libraries can support community organisations’ digital inclusion programmes by loaning iPads with data to be used with service users. Please email Leeds Libraries to express interest.

iPads will also be available for individuals to borrow at Armley Community Hub and LibraryHolt Park Community Hub and LibrarySeacroft Community Hub and Library and Hunslet Community Hub and Library

Vodafone digital skills helpline

Do you need help to get online and grow your digital confidence? The free Vodafone Digital Skills Helpline is available to help you to access dedicated support in getting online 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Call 0800 987 4110, or visit the Vodaphone website for more information

West Yorkshire senior travel pass

To make it easier for people to order new Passes or renew their existing ones, West Yorkshire Combined Authority has introduced online applications. Online Pass renewals can be carried out up to three months before the expiry date. Visit the WYCA website for more information.

The little guide to... preventing fraud and cyber crime

Several million cases of fraud and of computer misuse are reported to the police every year. It's staggering, but even more staggering is that so many of those crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour.  Metropolitan Police have created the Little series of books and videos to explain some of the most common scams and give advice on how to avoid falling victim to them. Visit the Metropolitan Police website to find out more.

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.

Get Online Week giveaway

There are 500 free printed event packs available for organisations running events as part of Get Online Week (16-22 October). These will be given to the first 500 organisations who register their Get Online Week event. You can also access upcoming webinars on 'How to run a Get Online Week event' on Tuesday 5 September and Wednesday 13 September.

Research project in partnership with Leeds Beckett University

A hybrid future? - a mixed-methods study to explore how voluntary and community sector organisations could combine in-person and digital service delivery for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

At the start of September, members of the Autism and Learning Disabilities Digital Inclusion Network are attending a number of workshops with staff from Leeds Beckett University to share their first hand experience of using digital technologies with their members. 

The aim of this research is to create guidelines for best practice for organisations who wish to use digital technologies effectively with autistic people and people with learning disabilities.  The research findings will be reflected back to the network but will also be shared with organisations nationally. Email Nicky Lines if you would like to be involved. 

Through the Maze WhatsApp updates

Through the Maze have now launched WhatsApp updates for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, and their support staff. Once or twice a week they will send a round-up of events, things to do in Leeds and useful information.  Visit the Through the Maze website for more information.

Get Online @ Home

In partnership with Digital Poverty Alliance and Currys, Get Online @ Home supports the need for affordable connectivity and devices. Call 0800 090 1297 to access a range of home broadband deals plus extra discounted refurbished computers from just £49. Visit the Get Online @ Home website for more information.

Left out: How to tackle digital exclusion and reduce the poverty premium

Digital exclusion intensifies the pain of cost-of-living crisis for low-income households already paying hundreds of pounds more for basic goods and services. This groundbreaking report by the Centre for Social Justice sheds light on the hidden reality of digital exclusion in the UK. The report reveals that the number of households without internet access is nearly double the official estimates provided by Ofcom, indicating that the cost-of-living challenges disproportionately affect the poor and elderly. Read the report on the Centre for Social Justice website.


Digital inclusion job vacancies and volunteering opportunities from across Leeds.

Digital Careers Fair

26 September 2 - 7pm, First Direct Arena. Book via the Universe website.

Are you looking to start or advance your digital career? Then, you won't want to miss our upcoming Digital Careers Fair! Join us for a full day of networking, learning and connecting with some of the industry's top employers and professionals.

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.