NEW projects to help people who are missing out on the digital world and are not yet online have been announced by the Welsh Government today.

The initiatives will target those least likely to use the internet, including ethnic minority communities, those leaving care, young people at risk of offending and people at risk of homelessness.

Part of the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 digital inclusion programme, the projects are partly funded by the European Union and will provide information and communications technology support and training.

The first pilot is aimed at black and ethnic minority groups and is led by BAWSO, a national organisation which primarily supports vulnerable women, especially those at risk of domestic abuse.

The second pilot is a contribution to an existing partnership Symud Ymlaen, which works with young care leavers and young people at risk of offending.

The third project, Complex Lives, will address digital inclusion issues for people at risk of homelessness.

Minster for communities and tackling poverty, Jeff Cuthbert said: “Getting hard to reach groups online is essential.

“More and more services are available online, including those provided by the public sector.

“We must make sure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from this new way of delivering services.”