Every online centre is different, with some operating in libraries, community venues, leisure centres or shopping centres, as well as some in more unusual locations like pubs and cafes. Many centres also run outreach sessions, taking computers and internet access out to groups of people in places like care homes or tenants’ associations.
What they all have in common is a commitment to digital inclusion, and helping the hardest to reach.
Partners and Access Points
All 3,000 online centres partners offer FREE or low cost access to computers and the internet, plus help and support to use them.
There are also around 2,000 UK online centre ‘Access Points’ complementing the work of partners, including centres in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Access Points may not be able to provide dedicated support and may not use our products and services, but are still local places where people can get online.
Our Funded Centres
Around 200 of our partner centres also receive UK online centres funding on top of partnership benefits to deliver specific projects and reach specific audiences and targets. The Edlington Hilltop Centre is funded to provide The Future Digital Inclusion Project, NHS Pathfinder Project and the NHS Widening Digital Participation Project.
We also fund ‘specialist’ centres, to work with some of our hardest to reach and most deeply excluded target audiences. These include a small network of centres working with carers, one working with people with disabilities and another working specifically with older people. We also have a larger network of Into Work centres who focus on helping unemployed people get the skills and confidence they need to search for, apply for and do new jobs.
To find a centre search the online database, or call free on 0800 77 1234.