A new programme aiming to ensure that mums in the city have the opportunity to brush up on and learn new digital skills was launched by Leeds City Council in January.
Undertaken as part of the Council’s 100% Digital Leeds initiative and led by Leeds Libraries and Adult Learning, Leeds was the first city outside of London to deliver the classes as part of the #techmumsClubs initiative.
#techmums was a 10-week course delivered at Dewsbury Road Community Hub, it covered a range of subjects from online safety and social media to basic coding, and has been credited with opening doors to jobs and further education.
Rachel Benn, Communities Librarian said:
“We’re so thrilled that Leeds has been the first city outside of London to host the #techmums programme.
“Through our wide-ranging 100% Digital Leeds initiative, we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn new digital skills to improve their everyday use of technology and support new work and career ambitions, this has done just that!
“The mums have thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills, making new friends and gaining new confidence in themselves and with tech!
“Some have now even been accepted on to further courses and career opportunities. What a huge achievement for our local mums at Dewsbury Road Community Hub, it has been life-changing in an incredibly positive way!”
The #techmums clubs also took place at two other locations in Leeds: Strawberry Lane Community Centre in Armley and Deacon House in Seacroft.
A large celebration event was held at Leeds Central Library in April hosted by Dr. Sue Black OBE (the founder of #techmums).
All of the mums graduated and received their certificates in front of their friends and families.
Congratulations to all of the new #techmums, confidently sharing their new digital skills with their families and children.
Our 100% Digital Leeds initiative is working with community organisations to build a digital inclusion movement across the city, more information can be found here: www.digitalinclusionleeds.com
Photo: Graduating #techmums celebrate with founder Dr Sue Black OBE
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