Community groups interact at Digital NL networking event

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A digital inclusion project has brought community groups from across North Lanarkshire together at a networking event at New College Lanarkshire.

Around 20 members of the Digital North Lanarkshire project gathered at the 101 Park Street venue in our Coatbridge Campus to share ideas.

The networking event attracted staff from North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development, the NCT Centre in Newmains, Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre in Bellshill, the Nifty Fiftys group in Coatbridge, Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau, and New College Lanarkshire.

It allowed training providers and community-based groups to listen to an update on the project and connect with like-minded organisations. There was also a presentation from Robert Watson, a community banker with Royal Bank of Scotland.

Digital North Lanarkshire was launched in December 2016 to improve quality of life of North Lanarkshire residents through making the most out of digital activities and technology.

Funded by New College Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development Partnership, the initiative has already attracted more than 1,800 unique visitors to its website.

Deborah Mooney, Project Manager for Digital NL, said: “The event attracted a mix of community groups and other organisations.

“As well as the great comments we received in the feedback, we also got some really useful insights into how we could help members more – and they really enjoyed connecting with each other.

“Our members are keen for another similar event, so we will be running another networking event on August 22 at 101 Park Street, and we’ll have a representative from SCVO Digital giving a talk at that event.”

The Digital NL website currently lists more than 100 classes and groups ranging from genealogy research and using social media or spreadsheets, to internet safety, job searching and 3D printing.

Community organisations and learning providers can also access technology such as iPads and wireless internet hotspots to improve their services.

For more information, click here.

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