Affordability is a key issue when thinking about digital inclusion and digital literacy rates among social housing residents. In a recent workshop with our network partner Rural Housing Ltd, we discussed ways to support people living in social housing to get online.
We started by dispelling myths and discussing the true cost of being connected. Questions such as ‘is it really unaffordable?’ and ‘are there alternative options?’ were highlighted throughout the workshop. Here’s something to think about - there are different ways of being connected, some are free, some are cheap and some quite costly, yet all of the options help individuals to ‘get comfy with technology’. Sometimes it’s simply about thinking of new and creative ways to encourage the people we support to source alternate ways of getting online.