Cost of living crisis and how digital can help

Man using cashpointJoin us for a FREE webinar on Tuesday 20 September 2022 at 1pm BST, to learn from AbilityNet and guest organisations about how digital can help with the cost of living crisis we're all facing.

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With the rapid rise in prices for essential living items such as water, staple foodstuffs and petrol, and with energy bills rising exponentially, we are all feeling the pinch. But, with a savvy digital approach there are key ways you can help make some valuable savings.

The webinar shares some hints and tips from experts, including outlining free digital tools and techniques available that can offer you fresh ideas for keeping costs as low as possible.

We'll announce our line up of speakers soon, but sign up now and put this webinar date in your diary to help plan ahead to address the cost of living crisis armed with digital knowledge.

What the webinar covers

  • AbilityNet's recommendations for digital support apps and tech, including financial apps for disabled people
  • Advice on how to make a decision about what tech may be right for you
  • An interactive Q&A session where attendees posed questions to the panellists

This webinar is likely to be useful to those who are concerned about rising costs and how to save money.

If you work in a supporting role at a charity or government, or public sector organisation to advise others about how to manage their finances, you will also find this session valuable.

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Everyone who registers for the webinar will receive a link to the webinar recording post broadcast, so it's worth registering even if you can't attend the live session.

Meet the panel

Virgin Media O2/ Greater Manchester Combined Authority

John Duncan, Smiling in London sceneJohn Duncan, Digital Inclusion Programme Manager at Greater Manchester Combined Authority is seconded from Virgin Media O2 Business to Greater Manchester, where he’s supporting the Authority’s ambitious plans to ensure fair and equal access to technology, connectivity and digital skills - regardless of age, background or situation. The focus of his role is supporting the development of a strategic approach and project delivery to end digital exclusion for under 25s, over 75s and disabled people; to help achieve the Mayor’s aim of a 100% digitally-enabled Greater Manchester.

John is also part of the Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Taskforce, and Chair of the Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Locality Leads group, which represents the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester. He also acts as a champion in communicating critical messages on digital inclusion to the local community and stakeholders.

Coventry City Council

Laura Waller is the Digital Services and Inclusion Lead at Coventry City Council, a new role to the local authority strategically developing sustainable digital inclusion programmes, aiming to take residents on the digital journey, helping them to not only access services, but to gain confidence in using technology in a way that helps them in their daily lives.
Laura is looking at innovative ways Coventry can embed digital inclusion initiatives within established services with a focus on the cost of living, working with both internal and external partners to remove barriers and improve supports for residents to become digitally enabled and connected.


Profile image of Alex Barker looking at the cameraAlex Barker has worked for AbilityNet for nearly 20 years and has recently become a Disability Consultant at the charity. Alex has Moebius Syndrome, a very rare condition that causes paralysis in facial muscles, club foot, missing limbs and sometimes cognitive issues too. So he understands a lot of the difficulties disabled people have when using technology.

Further guest speakers to be announced very soon.

Webinar FAQs

The slidedeck, recording and transcript will be available on this page post broadcast.

This webinar will last for 60 minutes.  

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You can find an archive of our webinars on our website and we also offer paid role-based accessibility training.

This webinar will include an opportunity to pose your questions to the guest panellists.

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Date of webinar: 
20 Sep 2022 - 13:00