Digital Birmingham is a Birmingham City Council initiative and part of a city wide strategic partnership of more than 40 public, private and voluntary organisations
Welcome to Go Digital - April 2010
Our Foreword this issue is provided by Angela Clements, Chief Executive of Citysave Credit Union.
Citysave is one of the largest Credit Unions in the country, and offers those living or working in Birmingham a range of finance services. As with all credit unions, Citysave is a not-for-profit organisation, providing a range of savings and loans, and run by members for the benefit of members.
In July 2009 Digital Birmingham helped us to launch Citysave Services through Birmingham's Interactive Digital Television Service (this enabled people who didn't have access to broadband in their own home to still find out about services which could help them get through the current difficult financial climate) and for those who did have access to the internet we invested in a new web site, texting and email service where people could find more information and access information regarding their accounts.
In order to help people learn how to access Citysave information via a computer (www.citysave.org.uk). Digital Birmingham have provided a computer which sits in our foyer, to allow members to access our web site even if they don't have a computer at home.
In 2010, we are planning to develop the information available through Digital Birmingham further. We see this as key to ensuring that we reach as many Birmingham residents as possible.
Having these solutions available through digital channels allows wider inclusivity, and for an organisation with limited resource, we are delighted to be part of Digital Birmingham's pioneering work in this respect and help Birmingham become a leading Digital City.
Citysave Credit Union
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|Broadband pilot at Windsor House|
Tenants of a tower block in Erdington have been provided with free broadband and a recycled PC for a period of 9 months to see if it would increase their quality of life. Several tenants have found jobs as a direct result of having broadband, and those who have children have reported the value when using the connection for homework. More.
|Welcome to West Midlands: Bluetooth service|
We have delivered 6 bluetooth pods to a range of centres that help newcomers to the UK settle in. Since 1st February the first test messages have been broadcasted to centre visitors to test the system. A number of messages are now being created with the help of the Welcome to West Midlands writers group, these will alert migrants and refugees to advice and services available in their area.
|IDTV continues to grow|
Birmingham has its own Interactive Digital Television Service which allows people who do not have access to broadband the ability to access information through this medium. A new service is about to be launched which will allow people to bid on and choose properties through this channel. It will also give more information on housing services. See what it looks like.
|An event like no other|
Beyond 2010 will be a major event to focus on the potential for digital technology to help deliver wider access to better public services at a lower cost. This conference will bring together leading innovators, planners and doers from the UK, Europe, US and Asia to share their digital vision, ideas and experiences with the public sector. More updates to follow.
|Blogs, and more blogs!|
Recently we have a number of guest bloggers, which has provided valuable input to our ever growing blogs. Read Jon Hickman's, Jennifer Crisp's or Catherine Marshall's expert posts and let us have any comments you would like to make about them, including our own! More.
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