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BeFibre sponsors digital inclusion initiative in Worcester

Next-generation broadband company BeFibre – which has been installing its full fibre network across Worcester since 2022 – is reinforcing its commitment to the community by sponsoring a digital inclusion session. This will be in collaboration with the social impact group, We Are Digital, at The Tolly Hub, which forms part of the Worcester Community Trust.

15 February 2024

The workshop, taking place on Monday 19 February, will see members of the local community attend to receive digital support, including sharing everyday online skills, accessing resources and training, and unlocking digital opportunities they previously did not have access to. 

Members of the community attending the event will also be able to bring their own devices and receive technical support from experts at We Are Digital, a company that specialises in providing training, advice and guidance that empowers people digitally. 

Ceri Ash, wellbeing and community development manager at the Worcester Community Trust commented: “In 2024, it’s crucial that we champion digital inclusion, and work with those struggling to get online to boost their technical skills.

“In a world where everything takes place on the internet, from job applications to healthcare, for example, closing the digital divide is a top priority — which is why such community engagement is vital, and will directly benefit those that attend.”

Councillor Marc Bayliss, cabinet member with responsibility for economy, infrastructure and skills at Worcester County Council said, “Improving digital skills is an important piece of the jigsaw in promoting digital inclusion, both in a social and workforce setting. Understanding how to navigate digitally unlocks so many new opportunities, bridging skills gaps and empowering communities.

“I welcome BeFibre’s efforts not only in building the infrastructure to enabling people to connect to faster and more reliable broadband, but also in putting on sessions such as this, that enable residents to take full advantage of the technology available to them.” 

“Supporting community projects has always been at the heart of what we do,” adds Louise Elliott, chief customer and operations officer for BeFibre. “We’re passionate about having a positive impact in the areas we’re working in, and digital inclusion is somewhere where we can really make a difference. We’re thrilled to be able to help get people online who might have previously struggled.”

This activity is the most recent local outreach initiative by BeFibre — having sponsored Worcester LightNight across the 14th and 15th of February — as it looks to engage with local communities during its full fibre broadband rollout in the area.

BeFibre’s privately-funded network rollout – planned, built, and operated by FullFibre – is progressing well in Worcester, with over 14,100 homes now ready for service.

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