Never has it been more important for residents and businesses to embrace digital. Getting online is no longer a choice but a necessity.
Digital Leaders Week is all about encouraging residents and businesses to think more digitally. On this page is a range of events and activities that celebrates all things digital in Wigan Borough.
You’ll gain insight into the various initiatives and schemes going on across the borough so that you can make the most of the online world to promote your services and create new business.
We want to empower people and communities to use digital services to improve their lives, make things easier and quicker, and gain access to new possibilities.
Why should businesses get involved?
Many businesses have been forced to re-think and re-model how they operate. Agile working isn’t just a cost-saving exercise, it promotes better partnership working and a better work-life balance, which is important when retaining and attracting talent.
Events and workshops during the week will highlight the range of support available within the council and beyond for extending the possibilities of your business.
Our social media channels will be updated in the build up to October and during the week, with examples of businesses in the borough that have expanded by tapping into digital.
Follow us on @WiganBusiness for further details.
Things to look out for
Coding resources and competition
In celebration of all things code, we've launched a Coding for All webpage, which is jampacked with coding resources to help you experience the joys of code and digital creativity.
To mark the occasion, we've created a special Scratch project for all the family to enjoy that celebrates Ada Lovelace (external link), one of the first computer programmers.
You can take part and be in with a chance to win a prize by visiting our Digital Wigan Scratch studio (external link). All you need to do is send us a link to your Scratch creations by emailing email@example.com.
Make sure you join us on @DigitalWigan on Tuesday, 13th October 2020 for our Ada party, where we'll be sharing your Ada celebrations.
The competition closing date is 31st October 2020 and winners will be contacted the following week. Entrants must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter.
Digital libraries events
During National Libraries Week (5th-9th October), Wigan libraries will be running a Facebook project featuring ‘Libraries Then and Now’. We'll be sharing photos and materials from the online heritage collection, reminiscing on days gone by and our local libraries history.
Following this, during Digital Leaders Week (12th-16th October), we'll be celebrating all that's good about libraries and the impact of digital now, while highlighting the digital resources available through our libraries services, including free WiFi, cutting-edge PCs, eMagazines and loanable micro:bit kits.
Follow us on our Facebook (external link) or page @WiganLibraries.
Digital Her virtual event
High schools across the borough will be joining the Digital Her event on Tuesday, 13th October (invitation only).
We know that women are underrepresented in the digital and tech industry and we want to do something about it. This event aims to inspire and guide young women to consider future careers in tech. From taking part in bespoke masterclasses, meeting role models and being able to access quality work experience placements in the future, Digital Her is really where it’s at.
During the event, girls will have access to STEM related subjects so they can research the range of careers available. We’ll also be hosting a panel discussion with Wigan’s Digital Her Real Role Models, including Louise Robson, Artist and Creative Director at WiganSTEAM, and Victoria Finch, Motion designer and Creative Director at DigitalFinch. Plus, Masterclasses from BJSS, Autotrader and WiganSTEAM.
Digital can improve how business is done in so many ways, from promoting your service on social media, trading online and improving stock control to name a few.
Despite this, many businesses continue to under utilise digital tools. That’s why throughout September and October, our Invest in Wigan team will be raising awareness on the importance of embracing digital for businesses.
Tell us how digital works for your business
We want to hear from businesses that have embraced digital to improve their business. Has it led to increased sales or improved your stock control? Perhaps you would consider raising awareness to other local businesses through an online webinar, social media post, blog or article?
Whether you’re new to digital, want to share your digital journey and why digital is important or just want to find out more, we would love for you to get involved.
Follow us on @WiganBusiness for further event details and for business news updates.
Culture online - Expert blogs and training
As digital technology becomes an increasingly ubiquitous part of everyday life, it’s important for artists and cultural organisations to keep pace with the rate of change so that they can incorporate tech into their work and remain relevant to audiences.
To explore these themes and the impact of COVID on culture’s relationship with tech, we have invited cultural leaders to provide their insights through a series of blogs that will be published as part of Digital Leaders week.
We will also be supporting our cultural volunteers by offering training to enhance their skills and knowledge of new digital platforms. These new skills will diversify the way volunteers work and give them the opportunity to engage in a number of new projects.
Get online - Support and learning
We can help you get online and learn vital digital skills to enhance your life and job prospects.
- TechMates service - one-to-one basic digital support over the telephone to those residents who are unable to leave their homes
- Free access to computers and WiFi in Wigan Libraries - find your nearest library
- Digital resources and learning - online courses and tools to help you develop your digital skills and workplace skills
- Community partners - our Digital Communities Partnership offers courses and learning opportunities for all ages. You can also become a community partner.
- Volunteer to be a TechMate - help transform the lives of some of the borough’s most in need residents, while adding something invaluable to your CV.