The Getting Oxfordshire Online Project has been backed by UK domain name registry Nominet.

The funding from the company will allow the project to scale up its ‘device pipeline’ and reach new beneficiaries across Oxfordshire, with the aim of providing upwards of 2,880 devices per year to support digitally excluded individuals of all ages.

Initiated by Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Getting Oxfordshire Online is hosted by the charity and social enterprise Aspire Oxfordshire, with support from delivery partners SOFEA Didcot and Bicester Green.

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Ben Tuppen, Getting Oxfordshire Online Project manager, said: “This support from Nominet will mean Getting Oxfordshire Online can build on the system for centrally processing requests for devices and support.

“It will also develop consistent best practice to be shared across partner delivery hubs.”

He added: “Ultimately, we hope that this will mean Getting Oxfordshire Online will be in a position to extend into more hubs across the county and beyond Oxfordshire.”

Paul Roberts, Aspire’s CEO, said: “Digital exclusion is an under-acknowledged and unacceptable barrier to progress for too many people in Oxfordshire’s communities. Supporting the Getting Oxfordshire Online project to grow and flourish and help meet this need is an opportunity for Aspire and the other social enterprise partners involved to step up and help realise a more inclusive vision for our county.”

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Based at the Oxford Science Park, Nominet’s backing and national expertise provides an opportunity to replicate a model that works locally, as well as bringing national learning in for local benefit through projects such as Reboot, DevicesDotNow and Digital Access for All.

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