Digital inclusion agenda for change. Express your interest at https://www.gmconsult.org/digital/cb80fce0/
The Greater Manchester Digital Blueprint sets out the vision for Greater Manchester to be a world-class leading digital city-region, centred around a focus on empowering businesses and people in the region.

The pandemic has highlighted the UK’s digital divide, which amplifies the impact of social isolation and loneliness particularly for groups continuing to shield such as older people and those with serious health conditions.

Covid-19 has illustrated that digital inclusion should now be considered a human right and connectivity as a basic utility.

Digital marginalisation faces the poorest, most vulnerable communities. Research indicates that people who are digitally-excluded are likely to be disproportionately heavy users of government services. 

We are excited to launch our Digital Inclusion Agenda for Change with a bold ambition to make Greater Manchester a 100% digitally-enabled city region, focussed on an exemplar framework and mechanism for delivery and driven by an action plan shaped by our ecosystem of industry, VCSC sector, public sector partners, local government, schools and our health and social care partnership. 

Join our mission

Join our commitment to drive a 100% digitally-enabled city-region, express your interest by completing this form and we'll be in touch.

Express your interest (form - external website)

Our people

A new report by The Good Things Foundation and Liverpool University suggests that levels of digital exclusion is much worse than previously thought with over 700,000 people in Greater Manchester only using the internet in a narrow or limited way and a further 450,000 are classified as 'non-users.’ Hence there could be as many as up to 1.2M residents in Greater Manchester excluded in some way to access the benefits digital brings.

 

Join the movement to empower people 

Join our commitment to drive a 100% digitally-enabled city-region. We are calling on anyone who has a stake in digital inclusion or benefits from people being online to get involved! Express your interest by completing this form and we'll be in touch. 

Join the mission  conversation to #FixTheDigitalDivide on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

How Greater Manchester is addressing the digital divide

Below, we'll share just some of the great ways Greater Manchester is addressing the digital divide.

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The Greater Manchester Tech Fund

The Tech Fund provides schools and colleges with the technology needed to learn in an home setting

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How Greater Manchester is doing digital differently - digital inclusion event

During Digital Leaders we hosted an event to showcase some of the great work across the region

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BLOG: Innovation to transform lives

How an innovative new initiative could transform the lives of SEND students and has started to close the digital skills gap.

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