By Leah Conway –
Kirklees Council has begun an initiative to help residents develop their digital skills through local Kirklees Digital Hubs.
Local community organisations run the local Kirklees Digital hubs. They will help improve peoples’ confidence with using digital technology.
It will help people become more confident, independent and stay better connected through the digital world.
Where are the digital hubs?
There are seven hubs across Kirklees. There are clubs based in Chickenley, Crosland Moor, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Paddock, Ravensthorpe and Thornhill Lees.
Digital hubs will reopen on 17 May if the government ease restrictions.
What to expect:
The local hubs provide free Wi-Fi and provide a space to access technology in a safe and covid-secure environment.
There is a range of free learning course for anyone ages 19 or over. The help is available for people of all levels, from beginners to those with advanced skills.
Residents can also get help online from home. People can sign up for a free device or data loan scheme for up to three months.
An integral part of modern life
David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth & Regeneration, said: “Technology is an integral part of modern life, and never has it been more valuable than over the past year. It’s enabled many people to continue with every-day-life as much as possible; to work, study and to stay in touch with family and friends.
“We have a duty to make sure that no one is left behind and that everyone has the same opportunities and ability to benefit from technology. We encourage all our residents to think about developing their digital skills so that we are resilient for the future.
“There’s a range of free courses available to anyone aged 19 and over that will help you develop your digital skills. Whether you want to do some online shopping, get better utility deals, access a virtual doctor’s appointment or just brush up on skills so you feel safer and more confident online, there’s a digital skills course for you.”
Beneficial for all
The council support the digital hubs as a way to support residents in improving digital skills.
There will be many benefits from improving personal skills, the local economy, job opportunities and more opportunities to improve study and work capabilities.
You can find your local hub on Kirklees Council’s website. Click here.