On 11TH October Hyndburn UNISON branch and Hyndburn council launched their Digital Inclusion project, which has been funded by the UNISON Union Learning Fund.
The team started at 8.30 in Accrington market and enjoyed a busy trade and many visitors before they packed up later in the afternoon. They promoted Digital Champions to add to the 12 (including local Councillors) that they already have and the events they had in place for Get Online week; they had 9 people complete a digital pledge card to do some work in the future with the project and also completed 32 digital survey forms, building up a picture of digital inclusion need in Hyndburn.
The project has attracted a lot of support, including offers of venues for drop in sessions and courses and is building real interest in the area. Project lead Louise Evans said:
“This has been a great day; meeting people who need our help and talking to people want to get involved. Hopefully we can do a little bit to get Hyndburn online and support those who want to learn more. The council have been great supporters and we’re ready to do a lot more learning work together.”
Digital Champion Zak Hussain echoed her thoughts;
“I’ve had a great day, people are so friendly and that’s not just to do with the sweets we were giving away!”
This is just the start of Hyndburn’s Digital Inclusion work, so expect to hear a lot more about this branch in the near future!