Welcome to Get Online Greater Manchester

Get Online Greater Manchester helps you to access local, regional and national support to get online. Get Online GM brings together the support available for residents to get online from across all ten Greater Manchester Local Authority Area's and across the UK, into one place to help you find the right support for you.

Whatever stage you are at on your digital journey, Get Online GM is here to help you find the support you need. This can be anything from digital skills support to accessing assistive technology to getting more confident with using online services. Whatever support you need we can help you find it.

General support to get online

  • The best place to start is through your local authority, click on your local authority area below to find local support.
  • Regional and national support is also available nationally to help you get online, with relevant links available below

Support with connectivity

  • Social tariffs can provide a safety net for eligible households who might be struggling to afford their broadband or phone services. View current social tariffs.
  • The GM Databank will help support residents on low incomes from becoming at further disadvantage by being unable to access the opportunities digital access brings. Residents eligible for support will be able to access between 7-24GB of data for 12 months from their local participating Online Centre. An online centre could be anything from a foodbank to a local library. Some eligibility criteria exists. Find out more on the GM Databank.

Support with cyber security

Greater Manchester wide digital support

  • Support is on offer via each of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities, click on relevant local authority area below to find local support.

Regional and national support

  • Support is also available nationally to help you get online, with relevant links available below

Support for citizens with connectivity

  • The GM Databank will help support residents on low incomes from becoming at further disadvantage by being unable to access the opportunities digital access brings. Find out more on the databank and how a community organisation can sign up to access the support on offer.
  • Social tariffs can provide a safety net for eligible households who might be struggling to afford their broadband or phone services.
  • Connectivity support specifically for jobseekers. TalkTalk has teamed up with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to offer six months of free broadband to jobseekers across the UK. The free broadband voucher scheme was trialled in Greater Manchester and Cheshire during the second lockdown last year. And thanks to its success, it’s now being planned for rollout across the UK. Find out more on the TalkTalk/DWP initiative.

Digital support for care leavers

  • A new, first of its kind pilot has been launched to support care leavers in Salford to get online and benefit from the opportunities the digital world brings. The pilot, which is now live in Salford, will support 40 care leavers with a comprehensive package of support including access to free data for 12 months, free devices through the Salford Council device donation scheme and free digital skills training to support them to build their skills and confidence online.

Digital support for older people

Support for younger people

  • The GM Tech Fund was first set up in 2020, and has supported over 3,537 people to date, with the technology and connectivity needed to continue their learning at home whilst schools and colleges were closed. Donations received in phase three of the GM Tech Fund will be used to support students from Pupil Referral Unit’s, alternative education provision for young people who are not able to attend mainstream school, and Special Educational Need and Disabilities schools. Further information on the GM Tech Fund is available.

Support with cyber security

  • Cyber security is how individuals and organisations reduce the risk of cyber attack. Visit the cyber security page to find a list of existing resources.

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Bolton

Find support to get online in Bolton

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Bury

Find support to get online in Bury

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Manchester

Find support to get online in Manchester

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Oldham

Find support to get online in Oldham

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Rochdale

Find support to get online in Rochdale

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Salford

Find support to get online in Salford

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Stockport

Find support to get online in Stockport

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Tameside

Find support to get online in Tameside

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Trafford

Find support to get online in Trafford

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Wigan

Find support to get online in Wigan

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National support

Find support to get online available nationally including support with connectivity

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Support with online safety

Cyber security is how individuals and organisations reduce the risk of cyber attack.

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The Greater Manchester Databank

The National Databank has been launched in Greater Manchester to help tackle digital poverty

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The Greater Manchester Tech Fund

The Tech Fund provides schools  with the technology needed to support disadvantaged pupils

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Support with connectivity

Support for residents with connectivity, including social tariffs

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Get involved

Find out how you and your organisation can get involved in this work

Please get in touch by emailing GMCADigital@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk if you don’t know what local authority area you reside in.

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