Making Liverpool a surf city
launching a major drive to get more residents online - backed by the
government’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox. It follows
research which reveals 69% of people in the city are considered
socially and digitally excluded because they don’t have easy access
to the internet, or know how to use it.
On Tuesday, November 9, Liverpool signed up to become a partner in
the government’s national Race Online 2012 project, which aims to
get 4 million of the most disadvantaged people on to the internet
within 2 years.
A pilot will see 50 families in 5 wards in the north of the city –
Anfield, County, Kirkdale, Everton and Princes Park - given free
computers, internet access and training. Some will become
‘Digital Inclusion Champions’ and encouraged to write blogs and
articles for a dedicated neighbourhood website and encourage others
to get online, as part of the government’s Big Society initiative.
The project is being run in association with neighbourhood investor
Plus Dane and the city council’s ICT joint venture partner,
Liverpool Direct Limited.
Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for education, is to be
appointed as Liverpool’s ‘Digital Champion’, and will work with
partner organisations to find ways of increasing the number of
people who are connected to the information superhighway.
Councillor Corbett said:- “It is absolutely vital that we
close the massive digital divide which exists at the moment, as it
is unjust and unfair. Most jobs nowadays need some form of
computer skills and if you haven’t got them then it makes it all the
harder to find well paid work.
Let’s not forget the best shopping deals can be found on the
internet, which saves low income families money which they
desperately need. And it is far more convenient to pay bills
online rather than spending time, money and effort queuing up at an
office to do it.
I am delighted to support a project that will provide computers and
internet access for some families who will really benefit from it.
This is an area where our young people are streets ahead of the
older generation and I know from my own children that this is
something which they we can depend on them to help us out with.”
The plan will be formally unveiled at an inaugural Digital Inclusion
workshop at Blackburne House, organised by Liverpool First - the
city’s local strategic partnership.
UK Digital Champion and co-founder of lastminute.com, Martha Lane
Fox, said:- “As one of the most digitally and socially
excluded places in the UK, Liverpool is an exceptionally important
part of our local government strategy and I want to say a big thank
you to the city for becoming a Race Online 2012 partner.
It's fantastic news that Liverpool City Council is leading the way
and encouraging people to get online by showing that it's thinking
'internet first' to provide better and more efficient services."
More information about Race Online 2012 is available online at:-
Appeal to the north west to row for the RNLI’s rescuers on annual
fundraising SOS Day
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is challenging people in
the north-west to match the commitment shown by their volunteer
lifeboat crews by taking part in the charity’s largest annual
fundraising event, SOS Day. Around the UK, thousands of
supporters pledge to raise funds for the charity that saves lives at
sea on SOS Day and this year the challenge to the north west is to
help the RNLI row to victory.
RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Mark Harding, said a rowathon is
being held on the Mersey Ferry and 20 teams consisting of 6 rowers
are being urged to sign up. He said:- "Over 10 hours on
Friday, 28 January 2011, we’re asking people in the north west to
match the dedication shown by the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews by
collectively rowing 247 miles, echoing the charity’s 24/7 commitment
to saving lives at sea."
The rowathon will see teams competing on 2 rowing machines on the
Mersey Ferry as it takes commuters from Seacombe to Liverpool’s Pier
Head during the morning rush hour. The rowers will continue their
challenge as the Ferry continues its daily cruise programme on the
Mark said the teams will row for a total of one hour in ten minute
segments each to notch up the biggest number of miles during their
time slot. He added:- "The rowathon is ideal for fitness
fanatics – and those with a healthy sense of competition. It’s going
to be a real challenge to complete the 247 miles in ten hours and,
with SOS Day falling at the end of January, we think it’s a great
incentive to keep people focused on their fitness over the festive
As well as the rowathon taking place on the Mersey Ferry, gyms and
sports clubs are also invited to stage their own Rowathon events
inviting members and local businesses to take part. There are
lots of other ways to get involved on RNLI SOS Day. Some events take
their inspiration from the SOS acronym and last year, people in the
north west raised money for the RNLI by Singing our Songs,
Supporting our Scuba and Supping our Soup.
The RNLI has launched its SOS Day website with ideas on how to get
involved; fundraising events near you, fundraising materials and how
to donate. By logging onto:-
supporters can register their events, share photos and ideas and be
part of the RNLI’s online supporters’ community.
To enter a team for the rowathon on Friday 28 January, 2011 on the
Mersey Ferry, log onto:-
Registration is £10 and teams are asked to raise a minimum
sponsorship of £200.
Mark added:- "The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies
to fund its work and receives no UK Government funding. We hope as
many people as possible will get involved with the RNLI’s SOS Day
and help the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews go on saving lives