Get Torfaen Online launched in Cwmbran
Representatives from the organisations who have come together to create Get Torfaen Online (including Communities 2.0 Melin homes and Bron Afon Community Housing) officially launched the campaign which aims to help residents in Torfaen get the most from technology.
The launch was opened by a speech from Communities 2.0 Project Director Cathryn Marcus who introduced AM for Torfaen Lynne Neagle. The AM talked about the importance of digital inclusion in Torfaen in particular, where she said around a third of residents are not online and one of the least digitally included counties in Wales. She also said that digital inclusion is now not just a technological issue but also a “social justice issue”.
The latest Communities 2.0 digital inclusion regional initiative to be launched, the event was well attended with beneficiaries of the Get Torfaen Online partner organisations and stakeholders from the area viewing videos and hearing more about future plans to get Torfaen residents active online.
Lukasz Kuziow of Bron Afon Community Housing delivered a presentation about the organisation’s Digital Deal and their future plans to create a network of accessible kiosks for easy and secure access to the internet across different locations. Attendees were also given a sneak peek at Torfaen Borough Council’s new app service which allows residents of the area to contact the council and report problems or receive answers to their questions quickly and in a more cost effective manner for the council. Melin Homes and Communities First provided video interviews of digital learners in the Torfaen area to show the human stories and the real life benefits that result from learning digital skills.
The event was also live tweeted using the hashtag #GTOlaunch