The Hyde Group introduces three year Digital Inclusion strategy

Get Online Week marks further developments in the ambitious Digital Inclusion strategy of housing providers The Hyde Group. The three year strategy aims to increase residents’ access to, and meaningful use of, digital technology and the internet. Currently almost 7,500 Hyde Group General Needs households are not using the internet, and 29% have no internet access at all. With this in mind, the Hyde Group will start to implement initiatives in anticipation of the official launch of their SwitchedOn? programme in Jan 2014. These include creating community Digi-hubs, Digital Skills Development and the Digital Champions Network for Housing that launched earlier in the month.

With Get Online Week coming to a close, the Hyde Group has also announced that a young volunteer at two Hyde sheltered schemes in Peterborough has been named Talk Talk’s Young Digital Hero. Chelsi Jade Beale has taught frustrated elderly residents how to text, video call and use the search engines to track family history. She is also helping to build a cross-generation legacy; three local schools have already signed up with the Hyde Group to formalise this voluntary work for future Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes.

Carol Carter, Group Director of Housing, has said: Supporting all residents to get online is a priority for Hyde, as our ambitious new Digital Inclusion Strategy shows. With Universal Credit on the horizon, it’s never been more important for residents to use the internet.  We’ll be working hard over the next three years to ensure our residents have the access, skills and confidence to benefit from life online; from saving money, to finding jobs and connecting with family.”

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