The Digital Divide: Why we need to support young people now

02/03/2021 (12:30-13:30)
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In the Sixth webinar of our #BBBYouthWelfare series, we will be discussing the Digital Divide – the gap between those who have access to technology, and those that don't, or have restricted access. Being without adequate Wifi, hardware and software is having a detrimental effect on young people in education or hoping to start their careers during the Covid-19 pandemic. This webinar discusses the immediate effects on young people in our communities, its potential effects over time and examples of initiatives to tackle the problem as we seek #BuildBackBetter and leave No One Behind as we transition out of lockdown.

The session will be chaired by Kieran Breen, CEO of Leicestershire Cares, and guest speakers will be:

• Professor Richard Hall, Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University.

• Professor Malcolm Fisk, Professor of Ageing and Digital Health, School of Computer Science and Informatics

• Peter Paduh, Chairman of SocialBox.Biz – A new generation Social Impact consultancy – with emphasis on digital inclusion, tech innovation and integration of refugees and homeless people

• Amina Lunat, Project Coordinator, Reaching People – distributing digital equipment to those in need in Leicestershire

Our ongoing series of #BuildBackBetter webinars focused on Youth Welfare will be running over the coming months, our emphasis is on encouraging discussion amongst participants. The BBB Youth Welfare webinar series is a partnership between De Montfort University through the Social Care Learning and Development Hub, Leicestershire Cares and the LLR Safeguarding Children Partnerships. If you care about how government, community and business can best work together so nobody is left behind then this is a must attend event, as are the next webinars in this series.


Bookings will close 1 hour prior to the start of the event. Registrants will receive a link to join the online talk 24hrs before the event, via their provided email address.

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This event is open to all.

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