I am sure for many of us that the summer holidays have been rather different. Weighing up the pros and cons of going abroad and the risk of having to self-isolate for a fortnight on return, deciding where to go on holiday in this country and avoiding the crowds, or staying at home, which has probably been the safest bet – in particular for those with health conditions.
Whatever you have done I hope you have managed to have some sort of break.
Digital exclusion is an issue which we have all been aware of for some time – in particular, the importance for us all of being connected, which has certainly come to the fore during this pandemic. Digital working has been vitally important for voluntary and community organisations delivering services as well as for their beneficiaries, and I would like to thank those organisations who got in touch to let me know how this had impacted on service delivery.
Digital inclusion is a challenge and it is evident that not everyone is being reached for a variety of reasons, but it tends to be those who are most vulnerable who need support to get online. I’ve been looking at ways we could work towards digital inclusion, but this does require commitment from partners and a multi-agency approach to make progress.
A report will follow in due course.
The Assembly Executive Committee have discussed and given support for a Manifesto for the sector so that we can provide clarity about our intention and views. Whilst recognising that the voluntary and community sector is made up of a diverse, complex range of organisation including small community groups and larger county-wide organisations, it demonstrates that we are clear as a sector what we hope for and expect.
Thank you once again to those organisations that have contributed their views on the draft manifesto. A final draft will be on the Assembly website in due course and any further comments will be welcome.
Take care and keep safe.
Assembly Development Officer