The need for widespread digital skills and confidence has never been more apparent or more urgent. Covid-19 has laid this bare.
However, 2.6m people are still completely offline. 20.5m people have Low or Very Low Digital Engagement.
We believe digital inclusion and digital skills are a basic right in a digital world
We believe that this is a shared responsibility – across government, public, third/social and private sectors.
We also believe that employers in all sectors - and the corporate sector in particular - have a significant, potentially brilliant, role to play in supporting widespread digital inclusion in the community - through employee volunteering.
We developed Inspire in 2020 to help them do this.
The latest data on digital inclusion confirms the latent potential of informal volunteering to make a dent in digital exclusion and turbo charge the digital engagement of the under-skilled and under-engaged.
66% of people would prefer to learn digital skills and confidence from friends, family or work colleagues*
67% said they would improve their digital skills if they knew there was support available when needed*
60% of those who did not use the Internet at home had asked someone else to do something for them online in the past year. **
Having worked through Inspire, we’re hoping you will have been inspired to take an action to support someone else.
We’ll show you how easy – and how rewarding – it can be to make a digital skills difference.
References: * Lloyds Consumer Digital Index 2021, ** Ofcom Media Literacy 2021