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Mobile-only households

Started Aug 8, 2013 0 Replies

An interesting statistic has come from Ofcom recently which I thought was relevant to share:The following data is included in the Ofcom Communications Market Report published last week: Over a…Continue

ONS Internet Access Quarterly Survey

Started Sep 4, 2012 0 Replies

Did you know that ONS now includes local authority-level data on internet usage?  Useful if you are looking for up-to-date estimates for your business case regarding the number of offliners in your…Continue

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'Fix My Street' type solutions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anil Mehta Aug 23, 2012. 2 Replies

I was pretty impressed with London Borough of Bromley's tool to get residents to report local issues like fly-tipping and errant rubbish (check out …Continue

We've broken the 100 member mark!

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Feb 9, 2012. 1 Reply

I'm delighted to announce that we've welcomed more that 100 members to the Digital Housing Hub in less than 2 weeks! The honour of being Member #100 goes to Tim Edwards, Head of Regeneration at…Continue


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Tinder Foundation
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Digital inclusion expert (Not-for-profit)
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The Magenta 'newbies' show their appreciation for their new posts thanks to the Digital Deal

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:30 0 Comments

Who has the most enthusiastic and committed staff?  

Well here are a couple of contenders - Magenta Living, one of the Digital Deal projects was able to employ two Digital Inclusion Promotional Assistants thanks to the Digital Deal.  The key quality they were looking for was enthusiasm. 

When Magenta asked Tom and Jenny to write a blog on their first month with them, I think you will agree their enthusiasm comes shining through:

Here's what Tom…


Digital Deal update: Leeds Federated Housing

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 11:11 0 Comments

In this blog, Caroline Wilson - Tinder's Network Manager - talks buses, HUGO and Google the Dog!

As I come to the end of my visits around some of the Digital Deal projects I had time to reflect on some of the great an innovative projects that I have learnt about and had the chance to experience: this was no exception.

On arrival I was given a warm welcome at the new HUGO Centre and shown around the great facilities that being…


Digital Deal update: Fabrick Housing, Middlesbrough

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 13:30 0 Comments

Here, Gabi Woodhams - Tinder's Funded Network Manager - describes what she found when she visited Fabrick Housing's Digital Deal project in Middlesbrough

On a frosty Monday morning I travelled to Middlesbrough to meet with Fabrick Housing and Vela Housing - the partnership delivering a Digital Deal project in the North East.  I was met with breakfast which was a lovely surprise.  Before the meeting started…


Help us to help you do more with digital - and get the chance to win an iPad!

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 10:07 0 Comments

Tinder Foundation wants to hear the views of organisations like yours about how digital can help you! We'd appreciate if you could help by completing this survey and also to circulate the link to other community groups and small businesses that you know.

Plus, by filling it in you’ll have a chance to win an…


Comment Wall (11 comments)

At 17:05 on January 23, 2012, Trevor Willoughby said…

Hi Ben

Thanks for the invite, I look forward to getting to know yourself and other members as our organization learn to adapt digital inclusion in to our work over the coming months. We will be in touch very soon with a clearer idea of ways in which we can get involved. Meanwhile if anyone has any questions or ideas or suggestions for Origin Housing please let us know..

Kind regards Trevor

At 11:11 on January 25, 2012, Lyndsey Michaels said…

Hi Ben

Thanks for the welcome. I expect for the time being at least, I'll mainly be a 'lurker' as I've joined to learn more about what Housing Associations and other bodies will ultimately expect from their suppliers when implementing digital inclusion within their schemes (those suppliers may be my clients). I'm looking forward to learning others' opinions and experience in this area to broaden my own knowledge so  I can advise my own clients properly with sound information. I hope that's appropriate and possibly even welcomed? (the aim being to ensure potential suppliers understand the specialised requirements of housing associations and their customers, in order to provide a quality service).



At 12:42 on January 25, 2012, matt bird said…

Hi Ben, I'm unlikely to be more than a lurker on here... was invited by Jane Hilditch with whom as premium advice we are in talks about broadband solutions for housing providers. I'm also a blogger for giffgaff the mvno.



At 15:06 on February 10, 2012, Mike Ward said…

Thanks for the welcome Ben, I'm bimbling around the site to see what's here right now. Looks good. Can't put a photo on though, even though .gif format and pretty low res. Any issues there? Maybe there's an ugly filter.

At 11:10 on March 22, 2012, Jen Elsworth said…

Hi Ben,

I do apologise, I only just noticed your comment.

I believe we have spoken since then!
Hope you are well.

Kind Regards,


At 14:16 on April 23, 2012, Chris Deery said…


Is Helen still offering to talk for free to the boards of housing organisation about the opportunities of (and impact of) Digital by Default?

It is just we have a board meeting scheduled for the 29th June and we are about to embark on the purchase of a new IT system so now seems like it might be a good time to get the board thinking about on-line services.

The agenda for the day is not finalised yet and we would have to get the chairman of the board to agree to your visit, but if you are free it would be great if you could get her to pencil the date in her diary.

At 9:13 on May 14, 2012, Peter Richardson said…

Morning Ben.  The Corporation of London (the cities housing provider) is holding an Information Advice and Advocacy Forum on 31st May from 14:00 - 16:00 and we are looking for some guest speakers on DI.  I sent you an email as well through the hub. Hope your well.

Peter Rihardson (acting Head of Advice Services, Toynbee Hall)

At 20:20 on September 10, 2012, Ellie Stoneley said…

thanks Ben ... some great stuff here ... also interesting to know about the work Helen is doing with her workshops on Digital By Default ... might be interesting to talk about that work to the BBC at the moment ...

At 15:53 on May 30, 2013, Julie Tibbitts said…

Thanks for this Ben!


The application is from Trent and Dove Housing - a social Housing provider. As their Training provider, ESCVS is part of their consortium.


I am working with Tes Ludlow (Trent & Dove) to complete the online application. As a UK online Centre, ESCVS has a log in to the UK Online Centres site and that is how we have got in to complete the application.


I am assuming this is ok? Aaagh if not!


Kind regards


Julie Tibbitts


ESCVS, Voluntary Services Centre

Union St

Burton on Trent

DE14 1AA


Mob: 07872 647786

At 9:45 on October 18, 2013, Richard Wilson said…

Good morning Ben, would you like to be involved with the welfare reform pilot about to be deployed in Northumberland?  Space for logo's, advertising websites?  Costs yet 100% of it goes to running it.

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