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 2013 figures:
- 310 community organisations and voluntary groups assisted
- 205 small enterprises assisted to adopt or exploit technology
- 56 small enterprises financially supported
- 24 small enterprises created
- 256 individuals assisted to progress in the jobs market
- Funded 53 community groups / community partnerships to assist the Elderly, Disabled, Economically Inactive and Hard to Reach Communities to engage with and use technology.
- 30 small enterprises supported with Equality and Diversity strategies
- 28 small enterprises supported with Environmental Management Systems
- 26,163 individuals who have benefited from assistance to use and exploit technology
- 68 permanent new jobs created
The project has also:
- Created 44 fixed term jobs within funded initiatives.
- Assisted 24 individuals who were beneficiaries to find work.
- Assisted initiatives to recruit 454 volunteers to help others with technology as part of sustainability plans.
- Assisted 1,425 secondary beneficiaries through on-going work by initiatives.