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e-Neighbourhoods Programme

Building capacity and community development using ICT

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Executive Summary

Programme of capacity building and community development using ICT, focused on the most disadvantaged communities.

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Innovation Owner:
Debbie Ross
Sunderland City Council
Health & Social care

Project Detail

The product consists of three strands:

Community e-Champions has identified 120 key activists in local community who lead the engagement process. The e-Champions are people with a history of community engagement, with a wide range of contacts and trust in the community. They are provided with a laptop and printer and assisted to work with local communities to assist individuals and groups to use technology to find solutions to their problems.

Community Electronic Village Halls provide technology-equipped resource centres in disadvantaged areas to act as hubs for e-Inclusion

Community Interest Websites provide opportunities for online networking and promotion of new initiatives.

The e-Neighbourhoods Programme pre-dates the Digital Challenge competition and provided the basis for much of Sunderland's successful Digital Challenge bid. Sunderland has also work with DC10plus members through the Communities Building Capacity workstream to inform work of other members in local communities.

Product Website: http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/e-neighbourhoods

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Local Government:
Sunderland City Council

Project Partners:

  • Sunderland Community Development Network
  • voluntary & community organisations in Sunderland

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