There are so many ways you, your community, or organisation can make Basic Digital Skills a priority and help people get the skills they need to benefit from the internet.
As technology moves on it is important that we keep our digital skills up to date. We have identified a list of skills that people need if they are to take advantage of the internet. You can use our Basic Digital Skills assessment questions to identify if you, your family and friends have the essential skills you need.
You can do something small to help, like demonstrate why using Skype is an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family. You might get a group of friends together and volunteer at a local digital skills event. You could even work with your employer to make sure that its employees all have Basic Digital Skills.
For best practice tools and resources to help you to improve levels of digital skills in your local area as well as opportunities to connect with other people and organisations and find out about local groups and activities, head over to Go ON Local - our online community toolkit and collaborative platform.
You can find out what the digital skills situation looks like in your local area using our Digital Exclusion Heatmap.
It uses a single nationwide measure which, for the first time, highlights the likelihood of digital exclusion at Local Authority level across the UK.
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You can commit to improving digital services for your customers or help your colleagues and community achieve the Basic Digital Skills they need by signing up to the Digital Skills Charter. In doing so, we will make your commitments public in order to inspire and motivate others to sign up and play their part.
If your organisation is keen to support and accelerate the level of Basic Digital Skills across the UK, then we would be keen to talk to you about how we can work together and make a real impact at scale. You can download our National Partner Programme pack (PDF) for more information on how to get involved.
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