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Ansbury Guidance is working to close the digital divide in Bournemouth with new project

20th Nov 2019

Ansbury Guidance has been awarded funding to tackle the digital skills gap as part of a new initiative, run by Good Things Foundation, with support from J.P. Morgan.

Power Up, which is part of J.P. Morgan’s commitment to enable more people to contribute to and share in the rewards of a growing economy, aims to drive economic and social inclusion through improved digital skills. With projects located in four areas of the UK; Bournemouth, East London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was developed based on extensive research conducted by Good Things Foundation, which identified needs, priorities and gaps in provision. 

The Bourne Digital Project will be run by a partnership led by Ansbury Guidance including  Skills and Learning, BCP Libraries, BCHA, West Howe Community Enterprises & Routes to Inclusion. It will embed digital within existing support through existing provision, underpinning the offer with mentoring to assist the project participants with advice, signposting and planning.

Helen Milner, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation says:”We’re delighted to be funding these innovative projects, who are all using digital technology in different ways to close the digital divide, as well as develop their own services, meaning we will be seeing the knock on impacts of these projects for years to come.

“We believe everyone should have the skills, confidence and access to be able to take advantage of technology - and we’re aiming for 100% digital inclusion in the UK. We’re delighted to be working with J.P. Morgan on this project, which will go some way to achieving that.

Delivery for all projects will begin in November 2019, and run until April 2021. Good Things Foundation will support the Power Up grantees throughout the programme, and provide capacity building to ensure a sustainable legacy for the future through a relationship funding approach.

Carolyn Hewitt, Director of Services at Ansbury Guidance said: “We’re very excited to be leading this new local partnership. We know from our work in Careers Information, Advice and Guidance how important digital skills are in learning, work and life. This project will make a real difference to support unemployed and under employed adults to access the digital skills they need and to put them into practice.”


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