Get Caerphilly Online celebrates 4000th success
Congratulations to “Get Caerphilly Online”, which last week celebrated a milestone figure of supporting over 4,000 people to develop their digital skills since the launch of the project in 2010.
“Get Caerphilly Online” is one of the local initiatives run by the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 programme, which is delivered by a partnership led by the Wales Co-operative Centre. Overall the programme is set to reach over 50,000 people, and it’s great to see the impact that Communities 2.0 is having in Caerphilly.
As part of the celebrations the Get Caerphilly Online team wanted to acknowledge the technologies of the past and are inviting people to share their stories, memories and photos of the devices that were loved and are missed. This is a neat idea to engage people who may have been left behind by the pace of technological development.
The Wales Household Survey 2013/14 reveals a doubling in just one year in the number of people using tablets to access the internet. And it’s not just the devices people use that are changing. The range of things you can do online, and increasingly the range of things you MUST do online, is increasing all the time. Digital inclusion isn’t just about convenience any more, it’s about surviving in the modern world. Getting jobs, claiming benefit, managing money, registering to vote: these fundamental activities increasingly require digital skills.
As we celebrate Get Caerphilly Online’s 4,000th success, it’s worth remembering that key to the quality of the support it provides people is the dedicated national programme that provides much of its funding. This national programme allows good practice to be shared and allows the support provided to keep pace with technology and with changes in society.
As the roll-out of the Universal Credit continues, it will become increasingly important that Wales retains some guiding national dedicated digital inclusion programme to support the next 4,000 in Caerphilly and beyond.