This week, the Government has announced plans to make the UK one of the most digitally skilled nations, meaning there will be “publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need it.” Read more from Helen Milner, CEO Tinder Foundation.
Community Connected is working to keep the community connected
We are working with communities in South London to get people online.
Free training in the basics of getting online
Community Connected runs a regular training session on the Cambridge Road estate called Technology Thursday. It's a drop in session where you will find a group of staff and volunteers who know just about everything about computers, getting online, connecting to the internet, using the internet to buy and sell things and where to get the best deals. We even do smartphone and tablets. We work with complete beginners or someone who is just a bit rusty on their skills. Drop in to find out more.
Do you need a computer? - no charge to local residents or charities
If you live in the borough of Kingston upon Thames you can apply for and then come and collect one of our refurbished computers. You will get a PC, monitor, keyboard, mouse and half an hour with one of our staff showing you how to put the thing together when you get home. Read more and apply
We supply local charities with our refurbs and if you would like to us to look after your computer network, think about joining Superhighways as a member.
Advice on getting connected - broadband, free WiFi, portable MiFi
There are so many confusing terms and options when it comes to sorting your home out with broadband. There are also a large number of companies that want your business - so you are in a buyers market. Come down to talk to us. You can talk to one of our members of staff or trained volunteers who will listen to what you want, work out what's best for you and then help you find the best deal. We use comparison websites to get the best offers on broadband as well as cost savings on utility bills. So why don't you bring your bills down with you and we can get you sorted out with those as well. People online on average save £475 per year by getting good deals for basic things online.
Volunteering - do you want to help local people get online?
20 % of the people living in your area do not have online skills. The skills they need are simple - email, internet searches, how to fill in online forms, how to shop online.
Once you have shown them these basic skills, you will have begun a journey of a life time for them.
Can you spare between 3 to 6 hours a month to join our tutors and other digi buddies at our training sessions? Follow this link to read more about our Digi Buddies project.
Organising events to inspire people to connect with friends and family online
Preserving the memories of a local community in our virtual village. We recorded in sound and pictures what residents remembered from celebrations to mark the end of WW1 to street parties organised for the 1977 Silver Jubilee.
Community Connected is a project delivered by Superhighways, which is managed by Kingston Voluntary Action. We are funded by the following organisations to deliver different parts of our services: