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Digital Reach

A new approach to engage the UK’s most digitally disadvantaged young people

According to the Basic Digital Skills UK 2017 report, there are over 300,000 young people aged 15–24 in the UK who lack basic digital skills. In 2016, Nominet Trust research found that these young people are also the most likely to be facing multiple forms of disadvantage that make them among the hardest-to-reach.

In a society that is increasingly ‘digital-by-default’, a lack of digital skills is a major contributor to disadvantaged young people being left behind socially and economically.

To tackle this challenge, we have reimagined digital skills delivery by putting expert youth organisations at the heart of Digital Reach - those with existing and trusted relationships with the hardest-to-reach young people.

Working with 12 delivery partners, we are funding six pilot projects in the UK, to test a range of new models to meaningfully improve the digital skills, confidence and resilience of those young people on the wrong side of the ‘digital divide’. Read more here.

Download the prospectus on the right to find out more about the pilots >>>

Read our latest blog to hear how Digital Reach is making headway.

Action for Children share more on their pilot in this blog.

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