Bridging the Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide calls on Government and other organisations to help the UK become the most digitally included nation in the world.

Join the campaign and tell us what action you’ll take to ensure we get 100% of the UK thriving in a digital world by 2028.
 

Today, 11.3 million adults in the UK still lack the essential digital skills that are necessary for life and work. And in just ten years almost 7 million adults in the UK – 12% of the adult population - will be left behind as a result of digital exclusion.

With more and more services moving to digital platforms to save money, the digital literacy needed to use these services is not keeping pace. Those without digital skills are likely to be the most vulnerable and excluded.

Providing everyone in the UK with the essential digital skills they need by 2028 will lead to a benefit of £15 for every £1 invested, and a net present value of £21.9 billion.

Although Government and other organisations are prioritising digital inclusion, we know more can be done, and more quickly, with greater commitment and by working in partnership across sectors.

That’s why we’re calling on Government and other organisations to commit helping us get everyone in the UK online by 2028 - in order to realise these £21.9 billion of benefits.

By working together, we can make the UK the first 100% digitally included nation in the world.

How you can get involved

If you want to send out a press release to help us promote the #BridgingTheDigitalDivide campaign, then we’ve got all of the information below that you will need to do it, including template press releases.

We’ll be sending the releases out on Tuesday 11 September, and we’d love you to do the same.

There are two ways, a fast way - which will take you 5 minutes - and a slightly more detailed way - which will take you 15 minutes.

If you’ve got a few more minutes to spare, you can provide details from your own centre and/or get a quote from a local councillor or MP. If you’d like to do this, please see the second set of instructions below for a step by step guide.

Thanks for your support.

The fast version - Do you have 5 minutes? 

Great - you can get coverage for your centre by following the steps below.

1. Find your local paper(s): Simply go to their website and find the ‘Contact Us’ page. This will usually have a general email for submissions or a list of journalists you can email directly.

2. Click the 'Download our easy regional press releases' button below: This will download a folder with all of our easy regional press releases to your computer. Choose the one labelled with your local area, update it with your own details and send it to them. This includes regional figures and can be sent as is direct to your local paper. We’ve drafted an email for you to send to them that you can download as a Word document below as well.

The detailed version - Can you spare 15 minutes to highlight your centre even better?

You’re an all-star! Please see the instructions below to make the press release more detailed to your centre - and raise the chance of getting coverage.

1. Find your local paper(s): Simply go to their website and find the ‘Contact Us’ page. This will usually have a general email for submissions or a list of journalists you can email directly. You can also search for local broadcast and contact them with the release, offering a visit to your centre where they can film and interview you there.

2. Fill in your quote: On the more detailed downloadable versions of the press releases below, there are spaces where you can highlight the great work your centre is doing. We’ve written a draft quote which you can review and fill in your name. You can also put any additional personal stories or facts and figures in here. We recommend adding no more than 3-4 extra sentences.

3. Get a quote from your local representative: Getting a quote from a local councillor or MP would make your centre stand out and is an opportunity to recruit them as a supporter. Since you’re doing such great work, you can inform them about it and they will be happy to recognise the impact you’re making in the area. Download our email template (below) to send to them. 

4. Send your press release: We’ve drafted an email (above) for you to send to the local paper that you can download as a Word document as well.

To find out who your local MP or councillor is please go to https://www.writetothem.com/ and enter the postcode of your centre. This will bring up the contact information of all your representatives (MP, councillor, devolved administration representative).

The Stats

£141m in potential NHS savings through a fully digital nation

£313m in potential employment benefits through a fully digital nation

£1.5bn in corporate benefits through greater digital skills in the workforce.

Our Stories

Edith: Having Fun, Inspiring Others

Edith's been learning digital skills at her local Online Centre - and loves every minute of it.

Overcoming debt and despondency

Patrick was in a dark place, in debt and with worsening mental health but after finding support, he's now helping others.

Simon finds healthy sweet spot

A man from Sheffield has been learning how to lose weight and manage his diabetes online.