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Flintshire Local Voluntary Council Becomes First Signatory of Digital Inclusion Charter

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Flintshire Local Voluntary Council Becomes First Signatory of Digital Inclusion Charter

1st March 2016

Flintshire Local Voluntary Council (FLVC) has become the first signatory of a new Charter which calls upon organisations to promote basic digital skills and help people get online. Ann Woods, Chief Officer of FLVC signed a copy of the Charter in the company of Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty.

The Digital Inclusion Charter includes six pledges and is a simple way for organisations to show how they are helping digitally excluded people

The Digital Inclusion Charter has been developed by Digital Communities Wales, a Welsh Government project delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre, and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Nearly one in five adults in Wales are still not online with many more lacking the full range of basic digital skills required to fully benefit from the digital world. People are being held back in life because they are unable or unwilling to use the internet.

The Digital Inclusion Charter includes six pledges and is a simple way for organisations to show how they are helping digitally excluded people – particularly older people, disabled people, unemployed people, social housing tenants and families in poverty – enjoy the benefits of the internet.

FLVC is the umbrella and support organisation for 1,000 voluntary and community groups in Flintshire. It provides help with setting up and running voluntary groups and recruiting volunteers. FLVC will be ensuring that all its staff and volunteers have an opportunity to learn basic digital skills, and also encouraging them to pass on those skills and help other people to get online.

Ann Woods, FLVC Chief Officer, said:

“As an organisation, FLVC is aware of how important it is for people to be online. We are delighted to be the first organisation to sign the Digital Inclusion Charter. By doing so, we are demonstrating our firm commitment to supporting all our volunteers to gain basic digital skills. We also commit to helping them pass on those skills to other people who are not online.”

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, said:

“I’m delighted Flintshire Local Voluntary Council has become the first organisation to sign up to the Digital Inclusion Charter. Being online can open doors to fantastic opportunities – finding work, learning new skills and supporting a healthy lifestyle. I encourage organisations to commit to the Charter so together we can do even more to support digital inclusion activities across Wales.”

More information about the Charter can be found at digitalcommunities.gov.wales/charter along with a form to pledge support.

For further information, please contact Mike Erskine, Marketing Officer at Wales Co-operative Centre on 029 2080 7127 or email mike.erskine@wales.coop

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