How do we bridge the digital divide and focus on social inclusion? The Good Things Foundation is a successful UK Digital Inclusion Strategy, which is being set up in Australia by its founder Helen Milner. With funding from DSS (Department for Social Services) a national network of community organisations will support older Australians to connect and thrive in this new digital world. The message is: Your life will get better if you are connected. In the UK the strategy was rolled out through 5,000 community organisations, clubs, local hubs and public housing.
The national network will bring together partners across Australia who are supporting older Australians to improve their digital literacy. The Good Things Foundation aims to build a social movement that will improve the lives of older people through online connectivity. The program is part of the Digital Literacy for Older Australians programme. COTA Australia has joined the new Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA), a shared initiative to accelerate action on digital inclusion with over 100 participants from across the business, government, academic and community sectors. The Alliance is supported by Infoxchange and backed by Google, Telstra and Australia Post.
COTA Victoria will keep you informed on this exciting new project.