The Sheffield Community Network project seeks to build a sustainable infrastructure for digital jobs, businesses and social enterprises. Harnessing the Digital Region investment in broadband it ensures that economic opportunities opened up by digital technology extend among young people, social entrepreneurs, people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, minority ethnic communities, migrants, refugees, and other people facing social exclusion and disadvantage. The project will create a network of community-based Digital Media Centres across the city which will become hubs for digitally-enabled business and job creation, linked through a virtual community network for sharing resources and activities.
SCN has a range of delivery partners who are all based within the Voluntary and Community Sector. These include Community Media Solutions, Sheffield Live, the Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, Community Media Association and Access Space Network. The digital media centres are run by 12 voluntary community groups across Sheffield. However, an established Steering Group reflects further representation from Higher Education (Sheffield Hallam University) and Further Education (The Sheffield College and Longley Park College). There are also 5 locations for activity via the Virtual Community Network based in Sheffield Schools. These are all over and above the responsible governmental agencies involved in the project.
SCN also seeks transnational partners from across Europe in order to share and further develop our model.
Robert Walker | SCN Programme Manager, Lifelong Learning Skills and Community, Sheffield City Council | Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org