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Greater Manchester residents get Digital Skills Map

Detail of Digital Skills Map
Image source: GMCA

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has produced an interactive Digital Skills Map to identify where residents can go for support in digital inclusion.

It has developed the Get Online Greater Manchester: Digital Skills Map with local organisations and community groups to pinpoint places people can find support in accessing devices, connectivity and digital skills training.

The launch follows a recent resident survey of the city-region that showed 16% of households have someone who is not confident in using digital services online, and 44% of over 75s and 28% of disabled people know somebody who is not confident using the services.

In addition, one in seven respondents said they wanted to make themselves more confident in using digital services.

Need to be online

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “In today’s digital age the reality is that, to do so, people need to be online and have the appropriate support to get online.  

“Get Online Greater Manchester: Digital Skills Map has been created to help people across the city-region find a local place they can go to learn essential digital skills, get support to get online, or to get connected like through the Greater Manchester Databank.

“If Greater Manchester is truly going to be a world leading digital city-region, we have to make a big commitment to fix the digital divide.” 

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