Communities 2.0 project achievements
Communities 2.0 began in 2009. The initiative works in North and West Wales, the South Wales Valleys, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea to support and help the most needy members of society to learn about digital technologies.
The initiative has four main target areas; older people, economically inactive, those in social housing and small enterprises with a social purpose. We have been working with a wide range of community and voluntary groups and enterprises to reach people who can benefit most from getting online and learning about technology.
Summer 2014 figures:
- 380 community organisations and voluntary groups assisted to adopt or exploit technology
- 350 small enterprises assisted to adopt or exploit technology
- 93 small enterprises financially supported to improve their business through technology
- 31 new enterprises created
- 329 individuals assisted with technology and volunteering skills to progress in the jobs market
- Funded 67 community groups / community partnerships to assist the Elderly, Disabled, Economically Inactive and Hard to Reach Communities to engage with and use technology.
- 73 small enterprises supported with Equality and Diversity strategies
- 68 small enterprises supported with Environmental Management Systems
- 43,616 individuals who have benefited from assistance to use and exploit technology
- 76 permanent new jobs created
The project has also:
- Assisted 26 individuals who were beneficiaries to find work.
- Assisted initiatives to recruit 566 volunteers to help others with technology as part of sustainability plans.
- Assisted 3,275 secondary beneficiaries through on-going work by initiatives.