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11/12/2023

Sky Opens New Digital Hub In Cardiff

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In partnership with Cardiff Council's Youth Services, Sky opened a new digital Hub in Cardiff, the first one in Wales.

The Hub provides access to digital devices, free Sky WiFi connection and regular digital skills workshops, run by volunteers.

The project included the refurbishment of Eastmoors Youth Centre community space in Splott which sees up to 150 young people accessing the provision each week during the five days and five nights that it is open. The neighbourhood has been ranked the 12th most deprived area in Wales with 42% of children and young people living in poverty.

The official opening saw a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff Council’s Cabinet Member for Tackling Poverty and Supporting Young People and Midfielder for Cardiff City Football Club and Captain of the Wales national team, Aaron Ramsey who delivered a keynote speech on the importance of providing spaces like The Hub to help communities develop the skills they need to take new opportunities.

During the event, guests were given the opportunity to explore Esports Gaming, music, coding/programming, digital creation, VR and AR sport experiences.

Fiona Ball, Group Director, Bigger Picture & Sustainability, Sky said: "Sky is focused on helping people in Cardiff to unlock new opportunities with equipment, skills training and programmes we provide through this new Digital Hub. Tackling digital inequality is at the heart and of the work we do and with our partners, we are committed to empower young people to get online, learn new skills and fulfil their potential."

Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Tackling Poverty and Supporting Young People, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: "Cardiff is committed to tackling digital inequality, alleviating barriers to education and future prospects that may be associated with being digitally excluded. During the pandemic lockdowns, more than 30,000 devices were provided to schools so that children and young people could continue learning whilst schools were closed, one of many initiatives supporting Cardiff’s recent recognition as the UK’s first UNICEF Child Friendly City.

"The new digital hub is a fine example of partnership working and will provide young people from Eastmoors Youth Centre, with a great new space and a range of opportunities including free-to-use technology and connectivity. As well as addressing affordability, the exciting programme of digital sessions will help to develop skills and confidence for the future."

The new £100,000 hub is being delivered as part of the Sky Up digital equity programme. In 2022, Sky launched its ambition to tackle digital inequality with a three-part initiative providing support to a quarter of a million digitally excluded people through a dedicated £10m fund. Sky Up was created to ensure that groups who are most at risk of digital exclusion - under 25s and over 65s - are provided with the skills they need to succeed.
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