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Wales gets its own Digital Inclusion Charter

From Geoff Jones, Third Sector Digital Engagement Officer, Digital Communities Wales

The Community Regeneration Through Digital Inclusion conference, that’s being held in Wrexham today, sees the launch of the Digital Communities Wales Digital Inclusion Charter.

As charters go, the Digital Inclusion Charter may not have the historical significance of Magna Carta, and I am not even sure what the Latin for digital inclusion is, but for those of us involved in its development and implementation we see it as a significant call to action. The charter is for third sector organisations to publicly commit and show how they are working towards ensuring that digital inclusion principles are embedded in day to day activities, and that staff and volunteers have the confidence to develop digital skills. This will have a knock on effect to the beneficiaries and volunteers of the charter’s signatories, to embrace digital solutions for the problems that they tackle.

Signatories to the charter will be able to use the Digital Inclusion charter mark, which, over time, we hope will become a standard accreditation for digital inclusion excellence and quality assurance in Wales.

The charter establishes a framework for organisations in Wales to support the aims and objectives of the Digital Communities Wales project and to work together to achieve shared goals. Signatories to the charter commit to working together in a spirit of partnership and co-operation, to promote the principles of digital inclusion in Wales. The charter builds on similar initiatives in other parts of the UK, such as Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter, which has created a national movement across Scotland to promote digital participation.

Signatories to the charter will be able to use the Digital Inclusion charter mark, which, over time, we hope will become a standard accreditation for digital inclusion excellence and quality assurance in Wales. The Digital Inclusion Charter will also become a platform for the sharing of best practice and case studies for digital tools and processes.

So, if your organisation is keen to show its digital inclusion commitment please become an early adopter to the charter. For, as King John would have said at Runnymede in 1215, when he signed the Magna Carta Libertatum, you know it makes sense!

For further details, please contact Geoff Jones on 0300 111 5050 or head over to the Digital Inclusion Charter page.