Access digital support in your area
In Greater Manchester we are committed to tackling the digital divide across all our ten local authority areas. In March 2020, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority funded Digital Inclusion Leads to be introduced in all the ten councils to drive a co-ordinated focus on digital inclusion, helping ensure digital inclusion is prioritised.
Residents can now access support from their council to help them get online and develop the skills to needed to complete everyday tasks online. You can find out what support is available in your area below.
Manchester City Council manages a digital inclusion support service, which is available to people who have the internet at home but need help with their skills or confidence to use it effectively. Advice can be given on everything from the very basics, from how to switch on your device, to setting up an email address, video-calling friends, and family, making supermarket orders and booking GP appointments.
To access the service, text 07860 064 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name and details of where in the City of Manchester you live. One of their local digital volunteers will then be back in touch with you within two working days.
Oldham Council offer a range of support to residents to help them get online including Digital Drop In Sessions and access to PC facilities in their four open libraries.
Stockport has a very active Digital Inclusion Alliance called DigiKnow. The alliance of organisations from all sectors are committed to tackling digital exclusion in Stockport.
DigiKnow offer Stockport residents the tools and encouragement they need to get online and use it safely, with confidence. This offer includes:
- Loan of devices via our DigiKnow Device Lending Library
- Low-cost refurbished devices available to purchase via their refurbishing schemes
- Access to 1 to 1 or group skills support via their DigiKnow Digital Champions
- A dedicated DigiKnow Helpline
Tameside Council offer a range of support to residents to help them get online including Digital Buddies and a computer booking service.
Trafford Council offer a variety of digital support for Trafford residents, including their Digital Champions scheme. Digital Champions can support individuals to get online and help them learn basic digital skills. They are advocates for the benefits of digital and can signpost residents to free training and support available across Trafford.
Wigan Council offer a support service to help residents learn, grow, and discover digitally.
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