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Communities 2.0

Over 6 years from 2009 to 2015, this was the main Welsh Government initiative seeking to address digital exclusion across Wales.

With a delivery partnership led by the Wales Cooperative Centre, it provided training to organisations and individuals, helping people get online in all sorts of imaginative ways and increasingly helped mainstream organisations such as social landlords and older people’s organisations to train and support their own staff to take on the role of getting people online.

I provide advice and expertise to partners, and have a particular role in determining, how digital exclusion issues are addressed within more socially disadvantaged groups such as the homeless, offenders, care leavers and some minority communities. In addition I support Community Housing Cymru in seeking ways of creating affordable broadband packages for social housing tenants throughout Wales.

Communities 2.0 helped over 50,000 adults to get online over nearly 6 years up to March 2015.

In 2015 the Welsh Government commissioned a new initiative Digital Communities Wales to continue to address this agenda for a further 2 year period. Wales Cooperative Centre were commissioned and I continue to provide a consultancy role.

I also a member of the Welsh Goverment's Digital Inclusion Programme Board.