Digital Leader's Week

Digital Leaders Week kicks off on 14th June 2021, so why not join us and get inspired. This year is all about the art of the possible through Digital Transformation and its impressive acceleration in the past year.

Wigan Council are proud to be part of this national event and will be showcasing how they have utilised digital solutions to rise to challenges faced during the pandemic, sharing how important Digital Transformation is to the organisation and its future role in delivering services to communities and residents. We’ll provide insight into ongoing council initiatives that are changing how public services are delivered, while supporting residents to stay ahead of the digital curve.

This year has brought about unprecedented changes to the way we live and work. We'll be holding several discussion events exploring this, covering key topics on how digital is going to be part of the recovery plans for the public and private sector, culture, local businesses, volunteers and residents across the borough.

Things to know

Wigan’s digital journey during COVID-19

Wigan Council will be sharing their accelerated digital journey through the pandemic, how they responded using digital solutions to help deliver welfare response to community and critical services. You will hear from senior council leadership, portfolio holders and service leads from the digital directorate, as well as staff using the solutions on the front line. Topics to be covered include:

  • Working differently in the pandemic
    • Supporting vulnerable residents with provision of welfare and an important contact form
    • Creating a virtual courtroom
    • Starting TechMates
    • Using low code solutions to build a test booking system / function for Lateral Flow Tests
  • Recovery plans and how digital is fundamental to delivery
    • Digital Strategy 2021-2025
    • Future workplace and workforce
    • Building back better
    • Importance of data and what it means for us
    • Using emerging technology e.g. cab technology and AV1 Robots to further transform services digitally
    • Digitally enabling our town.

Digital Culture

In March 2020, the doors to our cultural organisations closed. All were forced to postpone or cancel most their events and activities. Like many other sectors, digital became the only means for organisations to reach their audiences. For Digital Leaders Week:

Adult education and skills

Long before the pandemic, the world of work was already changing. The accelerated automation of jobs, the rapid adoption of AI, the embedding of analytics into business processes and the increase in remote working are just some of the tech-driven trends altering the nature of work and skills.

With new roles being created while others become redundant, continuous reskilling and upskilling are essential for an expanding range of business functions. Digital upskilling is a necessity for practically everyone today whether looking to re-enter the workplace or to progress in an existing role.

Wigan Council, in collaboration with national, regional and local partners, are committed to providing these opportunities for residents to ensure they are realising their potential.

BeWell Wigan App - Live and On Demand

The ongoing impacts of COVID-19 accelerated plans to develop a live streaming product. Working closely with TechnoGym we selected targeted wellbeing participants to provide a ‘live and on demand’ leisure and wellbeing offer for residents to engage in safely from home.

Classes included high-risk programmes such as cardiac, stroke and pulmonary rehab, along with our mainstream high and low intensity classes including Yoga and Pilates, Legs, Bums and Tums, HIIT and Body Blast.

Due to its success, a high proportion of members have indicated a desire to continue engaging virtually, so we intend to develop and evolve this offer.

Please note, this programme was developed in 2020 when operating as Inspiring health lifestyles.

BeWell - Digital cycling

The digital cycle offer was launched in 2020 as part of the Care to Move Programme.  The programme was highly sought after in our care homes and involved filming a range of local cycle rides. While using cycle pedals that we provided, the film was played. This encouraged residents to be physically active and gave them a trip down memory lane, all within the safety of their residential setting.

To tackle digital exclusion this project continues to benefit from our 'Get Online' initiative, with staff and volunteers providing 1-2-1 support over the telephone to those residents unable to leave their home. For those residents who do not have the technology and/or Wi-Fi connection the next steps will include the purchase of equipment that can be loaned out.

Please note, this programme was developed in 2020 when operating as Inspiring health lifestyles.

Get online events

We can help you get online and learn vital digital skills to enhance your life and job prospects. Join us for a week filled with digital activities:

CodeMates Code Club

Where and when? Wigan Library, Tuesday 15th June, 3:45pm-4:45pm (you can arrive any time after 3:15pm for an informal start to the session)

Join us for our pilot session of our new 'CodeMates' Code Club. Learn how to make cool games, animations and websites for free using Scratch. Each CodeMates code club covers one (6-week) module of code club projects. Its free and suitable for ages 8+. As part of this session, we will be creating VLOG (TikTok style video interviews) with children to get them talking about their coding experiences and the projects they have made. All Vlogs will be entered into a competition (with parental / guardian permission) to be in with a chance of winning a Micro:Bit inventor kit.

TechMates Tea Party

Where and when?  Wigan Library, Wednesday 16th June, 10:30am-12pm

Join our TechMates volunteers for a Techy Tea Party. Learn new digital skills, problem solve tech issues, all while having a brew and a piece of cake. It’s free. Please bring your own device (devices can be provided for those without). Book your place on the TechMates Tea Party at Wigan Library http://digitalwigan.eventbrite.com. Not sure how to use Eventbrite? Don’t worry a member of library staff can book on your behalf.

Micro:Bit Inventors Session

Where and when?
Ashton Library - Thursday 17th June, 3:30pm-4:45pm (session starts at 3:40pm)
Leigh Works - Saturday 19th June, session 1 - 11am-12:30pm, OR session 2 - 1pm-2:30pm. Lunch at Leigh is 12:30-1pm.

Explore a world of coding with the Micro:Bit Inventor kit. Learn how the Micro:Bit computer works, work with circuits and build fun projects using the inventor accessories. The coding session is free to attend, lunch is provided and suitable for ages 8+. As part of this session, we will be creating a VLOG (TikTok style video interviews) with children to get them talking about their coding experiences and the projects they have made. All Vlogs will be entered into a competition (with parental / guardian permission) to be in with a chance of winning a Micro:Bit inventor kit.

Vlog competition

Where and when? Online throughout the week on Twitter @DigitalWigan

As part of Digital Leaders Week, we are asking children and young people to create Vlogs (TikTok style video interviews) showcasing their digital or coding inventions and projects. This can be at one of our sessions or a project they have created at home. All Vlogs will be entered into a competition (with parental / guardian permission) to be in with a chance of winning a Micro:Bit inventor kit. Videos should be no longer than 1 minute 30 seconds. To enter, please email digitalsupport@wigan.gov.uk with your child’s name and age, attaching the video to the email.

Closing date is 27th June 2021.

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