The topic of digital exclusion is becoming an increasingly important topic, especially as we experience lockdowns and inability to travel. Very recently, Hudson IT became a network partner of the Federal Government’s BeConnected program that delivers training to over 50’s who are in one way or another digitally excluded.

We partner with the program delivery organisation, Good Things Foundation. Training will commence in May 2020. In the interests of full transparency, Hudson IT does NOT get paid and does NOT charge a fee for this. We have been looking for an opportunity to help deliver a community service that we understand and can be of value. This seems to be a perfect fit.  

What is Digital Exclusion:

Every day in Australia, people miss out on the social and economic benefits the internet provides. Those that fall into this category as known as digitally excluded. Digital exclusion is normally associated with persons that have a lack of technology resources. However, there also exists the possibility that an individual could be excluded from access and use of digital technologies. Also, and very importantly, just because you have the necessary technology, doesn’t mean you know how to use it or are using it effectively. 

Digitally excluded people miss out on the social and economic benefits the internet provides. To combat exclusion, and create a more inclusive community, three key elements need to be addressed:

  1. Access – the availability of the internet and connected devices.
  2. Affordability – the financial means to get online.
  3. Digital Ability – confidence to use the internet safely.

Digital inclusion is the capability of individuals or groups to enjoy the benefits of being online and use technology confidently to improve their day-to-day lives.  

IF YOU, OR ANYONE YOU KNOW, WOULD LIKE ANY HELP OR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT ME on:

0423 361 174 or
guybaldwick@gmail.com

Why is Digital Inclusion Important:

It’s nearly impossible to avoid digital interaction in our lives. From video chat with family, emails to friends, accessing Medicare online and catching up with the news, our lives are becoming more and more centred around the internet. 

To digitally excluded, these tasks can be difficult and at times prove to be a significant challenge. Without assistance, these can become major obstacles to overcome.

How do we Improve Digital Inclusion:

Being entrenched in the local community will allow us to effectively deliver help, training and support through free, one-on-one or small group tailored learning. External support and resources from organisations like Good Things Foundation are key to program success. 


IF YOU, OR ANYONE YOU KNOW, WOULD LIKE ANY HELP OR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT ME on:
0423 361 174
guybaldwick@gmail.com


Digital inclusion can be viewed as a framework for addressing the readiness of communities to fully embrace the digital age. This not only has practical socio-economic benefits but can also serve to enrich the lives of individuals and communities as a whole. We will provide digital content to communities, as well as improve digital literacy skills through practical training programs and workshops. 


THE CUT OFF TO REGISTER FOR THE FIRST CLASSES IS THIS WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL


So, if you are interested, please call on 0423 361 174 or email guybaldwick@gmail.com. If you know someone who may be interested, please pass on my details. I can of course phone or email them if they would prefer. As I said, this is FREE to YOU or anyone you advise about this offer. This is a great opportunity for anyone who feels they may need a little extra help or a lot of extra help!👍

Thanks for reading – Stay Safe