£6948 has been awarded to Blackpool Carers Centre as part of Carers Trust’s Digital Reach programme
Carers Trust has awarded Blackpool Carers Centre £6948 as part of Nominet Trust’s Digital Reach programme – a pioneering initiative developed to support the UK’s efforts to increase digital skills amongst some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people. Young Adult Carers will be supported to access an e-learning resource to help improve their digital skills, so that they feel more confident in their caring role, in their educational environment or their workplace.
The 2017 Basic Digital Skills report suggests that, despite an overall increase in the number of UK adults who have gained basic digital skills, at least 3% (300,000) of those aged 15-24 are still being left behind.
This funding will enable Blackpool Carers Centre to assist Young Adult Carers in the use of digital technology. Being able to purchase shopping online or accessing online banking might relieve the pressures associated with caring for another person. Also the extra support from workers will help Young Adult Carers with CV writing or applying for jobs.
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Faye Atherton, Head of Services for Blackpool Carers Centre, commented:
“Digital technology is an essential aspect of modern life, and thanks to Nominet Trust’s funding, more than 65 young adult carers from Blackpool will now be able to gain invaluable new digital skills.
Blackpool Carers Centre has longstanding and trusted relationships with many disadvantaged young adult carers. By using Digital Reach we intend to demonstrate how we can steer isolated young people towards positive futures.
“Carers Trust research shows that young adult carers miss out on education and social activities due to the demands of their caring roles.
“We are thrilled to receive this new funding, which will help us to reach young adult carers who would not normally have this opportunity, helping them gain invaluable new life skills to thrive in their futures.”
In total, the pilot of the Digital Reach programme will aim to engage with 4,000 of those on the wrong side of the digital divide; the effectiveness of models to scale will also be evaluated, allowing more young people to be reached in the future.
To find out more about Digital Reach and the theory behind it, you can download Nominet Trust’s prospectus. You can also keep track of Blackpool Carers Centre progress by following @blackpoolcarers and #DigitalReach on Twitter.