Digital technology and the need for it has never been so present as it has been during the covid-19 lockdown. For many, it has been a great tool to order food, buy toilet paper, work from home and stay connected with friends and family. However for many people and households, being able to afford a smart phone, tablet or computer are still far from reach.
In East London, we know that low income, working class people and people of colour are the most disadvantaged and covid-19 has affected these communities in a disproportionate level. Digital exclusion is very much an issue for East London.
We also know that digital can present opportunities.
Right now, there are even more ways to reach people of all ages, from children and young people to OAPs, to help them learn more skills. There are also online training courses, so you can get new qualifications or finish previous ones.
Digital is the platform for art, culture and entertainment that underpins our daily lives and helps create memories with friends and loved ones – from Spotify playlists to BBC iPlayer to computer game playing.
It is the stuff of digital fireworks and videomapping at brilliant outdoor events and it is also the technology that allows you to make friends and connections in your local neighbourhood.
But there is actually so much more that digital technology can do.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do more of in your own career, do through your business or something you’d like to run a project in to support your local community, we can help.
We currently fund projects in arts, culture, innovation or placemaking for people in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. We can help you start a new business or develop an existing one, help you gain a qualification or get a project off the ground.
If digital technology makes you tick, see which of our opportunities could get you plugged in. Click here to find out more.