Salford City Council has set up a pilot scheme with TalkTalk to help tackle digital poverty in the city.
The telecoms company has recruited around 30 employees to run workshops in the council’s gateway and community centres. They will deliver easy to understand information and answer questions, aimed at breaking down fears about online scams and providing practical tips on keeping safe.
The scheme is set to be launched during Get Online Week (18-24 October) and will continue with a system in place for community centres, libraries and other local organisations to apply to have a TalkTalk Digital Champion visit their venue.
Councillor Sharmina August, lead member for inclusive economy, anti-poverty and equalities, said: “Digital skills are as essential as being able to read and write so people without are being left behind by an increasingly digital society. We’re committed to supporting residents all year round but Get Online Week is the ideal time for us to provide extra help.
“So it’s fantastic that TalkTalk are getting on board in this way, showing their long term commitment to helping residents.”
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