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Policy Priorities for Developing Digital Inclusion and Participation

Digital has become the default channel for communication, but it is not always designed in a way that is inclusive for all. Most internet users now access services through a mobile phone. This is just one of the examples of how public sector organisations should consider the way that citizens navigate services in order to become digitally inclusive.

The Context

This event will reflect on the challenges of digital participation, digital literacies and raising the digital skills of our nation. When we improve both the access to and skill level of digital participation, we open opportunities for employment, higher wages, social inclusion and the option to be included in multiple layers of society whilst reducing inequalities and cycles of disadvantage. 

The arguments for digital participation and digital skills are mute, the time now is to share the best practice examples of success and look to future opportunities to make a digital Scotland work for everybody.

 Join us to hear from experts and policymakers as we examine what digital inclusion looks like in 2020, explore the measures that are being taken to support digital access and skills, and ask what more should be done by the Scottish Government, local authorities, and service providers. 

Key Issues We'll Address With You

  • Inclusion in context: the digital strategy and Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter
  • The impact of low digital inclusion on wellbeing, community, education, and employment
  • Priorities for reaching disadvantaged demographics
  • Digital Skills for 2020 and beyond · Good practice and innovative approaches to boosting participation, skills and inclusion

Confirmed Speakers

  • Sally Dyson,  Head of Digital Participation – Digital and Programmes, SCVO
  • Graeme Hamilton, Neighbourhood Connect Project Manager, Blackwood Group
  • Gregor Hardie, Director of People,  People First Scotland 
  • Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO, CodeClan
  • Alyson Mitchell, Scottish Government, Digital Participation Team 
  • Ruth Grindley, Digital Projects Manager, Scottish Book Trust 
  • Zara Kitson, The Princes Trust  
  • Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive Officer at the Scottish Library and Information Council
  • Peter McColl, Independent Consultant

Agenda

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
           Peter McColl, Independent Consultant

Session 1: Policy and Context

  •  Inclusion in context: the digital strategy and Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter
  • The impact of low digital inclusion on wellbeing, community, education, and employment
  • The link between low digital skills and other forms of exclusion and inequality
  • Digital nudges, digital safety and increasing digital skills

10:00 Digital Participation – Policy in Context

Overview of Scottish Government policy on digital participation and cyber security skills.

Alyson Mitchell, Scottish Government, Digital Participation Team 

10:20 We're All Online At The Same Time... Aren't We?

Delve into the real landscape of who’s online and who’s not and what that means for people who aren’t part of the digital revolution.

Sally Dyson,  Head of Digital Participation – Digital and Programmes, SCVO

10:40 Making A Difference: CodeClan’s Journey

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO, CodeClan

11:00 Questions and Discussion

11:20 Refreshment Break

11:40 Session 2: Improving Digital Participation and Skills

  • Priorities for reaching disadvantaged demographics
  • Beyond access - supporting motivation, skills and confidence
  • Digital Skills, workforce development, is your workforce digitally capable?
  • Encouraging people and businesses to get online and benefit from digital opportunities
  • Challenges around boosting skills in areas with limited digital infrastructure

11:40 Digital Living - Independent Living

  • Exploring how digital supports citizens to live at home longer
  • How digitally innovative is the Scottish housing sector

Graeme Hamilton, Neighbourhood Connect Project Manager, Blackwood Group

12:00 Developing Digital Participation For People With A Learning Disability

Gregor Hardie, Director of People,  People First Scotland

12:20 The App That Bookbug Built

  • The process of co-creating an app with families and early years professionals to support our Bookbug programme
  • Encouraging families to sing and rhyme every day with a new digital resource

Ruth Grindley, Digital Projects Manager, Scottish Book Trust 

12:40 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:40 Session 3: Good practice and Case Studies

Good practice and innovative approaches to boosting participation and inclusion

  • The role of public services in nurturing greater digital literacy
  • A community approach to improving digital skills and inclusion
  • Balancing digital with traditional communication and service delivery methods

13:40 Engagement Of ‘Digital Natives’ And Youth Work Approaches To Digital Inclusion

Zara Kitson, Head of Community Engagement, The Princes Trust  

14:00 Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive Officer at the Scottish Library and Information Council

14:20 Gift-tech,  Bridging the Digital Divide

  • Reducing the Colleges digital carbon footprint
  • Responding to local, regional and national key drivers
  • Promoting digital and social Inclusion within our communities
  • Improving retention and attainment within learning
  • Supporting volunteering and active citizenship

Scott Renton, Head of ICT & Sheila White, Community Learning & Development Manager, Gift-tech Project

14:40 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks
          Peter McColl, Independent Consultant

15:00 Close of Event

Please note the agenda is subject to change

Get In Touch

Book now or or call Laura on 0131 285 4457

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 

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Society & Welfare

Date
30 Jan 2020
Venue
NASUWT, The Mews, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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