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Google Digital Training bus on tour Sheffield Now and its FREE

7 Aug

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Google Digital Training Bus

A unique bus tour was launched in Sheffield (Thursday 3 August) in partnership with Google, as part of its Digital Garage initiative.

The Google Digital Garage bus will offer free workshops and face-to-face coaching, with visitors having the option to either book in advance or simply drop by for on-the-spot help.

Training ranges from beginner to intermediate levels meaning everyone can take part, and covers topics such as taking first steps online, CV building and social media strategy.

Deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Olivia Blake, was at the official launch yesterday.

She said: “We are delighted to have been working with Google on the Digital Garage initiative, which opened in Barkers Pool in April this year.

“However, we know that not everyone is able to get into the city centre to access the training.

“We have therefore worked in partnership with Google to develop a mobile learning facility – this bus – which will go to different Sheffield locations over the course of the next few months.

“This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and is great news for Sheffield.”

The first Sheffield session takes place today at the U-Mix centre in Lowfield, and is followed next week with sessions at Crystal Peaks.

With research showing that nine in ten members of the UK public say they feel concerned about their online safety and security, visitors to the bus can also attend sessions on how to protect themselves online, as part of a new partnership between Google and Which?

The aim is to help people learn how to spot and avoid the latest and most common online scams and threats.

Alina Dimofte, Digital Skills Policy Lead at Google, said: “Following our ongoing success in getting people engaged and learning via our high street Digital Garages in Sheffield and Birmingham, we wanted to make our training even more accessible, so have started the bus tour to take training right to people’s doorsteps.”

In the near future, more than 90 per cent of jobs will require digital literacy, so workshops such as building a digital CV will be useful for jobseekers.

Meanwhile, sessions on social media strategy will offer essential skills to those running a small business.

Previous research carried out by IPPR North found that more than 88 per cent of attendees of previous Digital Garages have changed the way they run or promote their business online, with 68 per cent saying they had seen positive results in increased sales, bookings, web traffic or social media after attending Google’s free training.

Anyone interested in the free coaching can register online and see the full bus tour itinerary here.


Walkley Ward Pot 2017/18 – Apply for a small grant

7 Aug

Walkley Ward Pot 2017/18

Councillors in each ward have a budget they can allocate to activities and projects that contribute to tackling their ward priorities.

The ward budget for the Walkley Ward for 2017/18 is £19,043

Walkley Ward Councillors are looking to fund sustainable projects / activities within their ward that will benefit the local community. The projects / activities will also need to fit in with the Walkley Ward Priorities in order to be eligible for funding.

– Walkley Ward Priorities 2017~18

Funding of around £500 is available to apply for, although Councillors may consider higher bids for larger or joint working projects.

 To apply for a grant, complete the following forms attached below and return them to

– Ward Pot Request for Funding 201718

– Ward Pot signature and conditions form – 201718

 – Ward Pot Small Grants Guidance – 201718

Please read the signature and conditions form carefully to ensure that your group is eligible to receive funding before you fill in the form. Please note that a hand signed signature is required on this form for your application to be eligible for consideration.

Walkley Ward Councillors will meet on a monthly basis to assess grant applications received. The Locality Officer will notify you of the decisions made following these meetings

If you are unsure about your project and want to discuss it further please contact the Locality Officer on 0114 2053049 or email