New initiative aims to improve Mid Sussex residents’ access to technology

Mid Sussex Voluntary Action is joining forces with groups across the district to deliver #MidSussexOnline.

This new initiative aims to improve Mid Sussex residents’ access to technology and information, as well as contribute towards their general wellbeing.

It is a collaborative project featuring Balfour Beatty, Mid Sussex District Council, Citizens Online and MSVA.

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“#MidSussexOnline has come at an important time as communities have had to adapt to using digital technology through the pandemic,” said a Mid Sussex District Council spokesman.

#MidSussexOnline aims to improve Mid Sussex residents' access to technology and information

The spokesman added that Covid-19 has ‘highlighted a digital divide’ and that this project will let everyone make the most of digital technology to improve their lives.

Residents will be able to access information and advice to boost their online skills and knowledge.

The project also aims to improve access to computers and online resources for school children and help residents find work and training opportunities.

MSVA will host a signposting service on its website so residents can find sources of practical support, training, and guidance to help them access digital services and information.

Balfour Beatty are now rolling out local full fibre network across the area on behalf of Mid Sussex District Council.

MSVA also supports charities and non-profits across Mid Sussex and promotes volunteering in the district.

The charity is looking for volunteers to be Digital Champions and reach members of the Mid Sussex community who may not have access to technology.