Tea, tasty treats and technology…that’s what Tea &Tech is all about. The project increases the digital skills of communities across Wigan via the delivery of a series of fun, technology learning events. The premise underpinning these events is basically a tea party where people come along, have a brew, nibble on some cake and dabble in some technology whilst they are there. Think the Mad Hatter’s tea party with gadgets thrown in and you’ll be somewhere close! The project is run by social enterprise – wehearttech C.I.C. – who are committed to using technology for social good.
The environment created is a social space; a relaxed way of bringing people together to learn and share skills. This innovative way of delivering digital literacy training will reduce the barriers to engagement with technology and hopefully revolutionise the way that people think about digital inclusion and the ways it can be delivered. The project targets groups of people who statistically have lower levels of digital skills. At the tea parties elements of Go ON’s digital skills charter (a basic set of skills people should have to be able to use the Internet effectively) are embedded and attendees are signposted to other existing digital learning programmes available in their communities.
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This concept was initially piloted in Abram, Wigan with funding from Community First and then was successful in achieving addition grant funding from The Deal for Communities Wigan that has seen the project roll-out across the Wigan Borough… Where will it go next?