At TalkTalk we’ve always believed that a civilised digital society is possible. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of using digital technology – and to do so safely and securely.
But there’s lots of work to be done. There are still over 12 million people in the UK who don’t have basic digital skills. Many are older, disabled or financially disadvantaged – precisely those who would benefit from being digitally connected to loved ones, information and useful products and services.
To tackle the problem we teamed up with Good Things Foundation who run the national network of 3,000 UK Online Centres where people can learn digital skills in their local community.
Like us, Good Things Foundation wants as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of having digital skills; their strategy is to focus on inspiring and supporting people and organisations like ours to share their digital skills with others.
Together we launched a new e-learning module on their Learn My Way platform to explain the importance of safety and security online. ‘Staying safe in your digital world’ launched in October’s Get Online Week and at 31 March 2017 it had been completed by 2,701 people. Hundreds of TalkTalk employees also continue to volunteer as digital champions at their local Online Centre, helping learners gain the vital digital skills needed in today’s world.
By teaming up with Good Things Foundation, we’re turning hundreds of TalkTalk staff into Digital Champions, able to support learners at UK Online Centres close to our offices.
We’re also working with Good Things Foundation to help those who can’t afford to get online at home, starting with an exclusive low cost broadband offer just for learners at the centres.