About Digital Communities Wales
Digital Communities Wales: Digital Confidence, Health and Well-being exists to reduce digital exclusion in Wales. We want a Wales where everyone has the skills, access and motivation to be a confident user of digital technology.
Who delivers Digital Communities Wales?
DCW is a Welsh Government funded programme which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre in partnership with the Good Things Foundation and Swansea University. The programme began in 2019 and will run for three years.
Wales Co-operative Centre
DCW staff based at the Wales Co-operative Centre deliver bespoke support to organisations to help them embed digital inclusion into their strategies and practices. The team also coordinates a range of volunteering initiatives to increase basic digital skills volunteering across Wales.
The Centre has been delivering digital inclusion programmes in Wales since 2005 (including Communities @One and Communities 2.0) with the aim of providing people with the skills and confidence to feel more included and to take more control of their own lives.
We work alongside communities on the issues that matter to them. By doing so we want to change the way that society works, so that people and communities no longer feel left behind. We target our resources at individuals and communities that need help the most.
Good Things Foundation
The Good Things Foundation manages a network of UK Online Centres where people can use a computer and get support to develop basic digital skills. It also publishes digital learning resources on the Learn My Way platform and leads on the national UK campaign, Get Online Week.
Swansea University is our research partner, disseminating our learning and stimulating debate around policy in this area. We work specifically with the University’s school of Management and its Morgan Academy to enlist the support and expertise of leading thinkers and experts in the field – in particular Professor Tom Crick MBE and Professor Hamish Laing.