Why be a digital champion?
Digital exclusion affects the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.
11 million people in the UK lack basic digital skills.
- 44% of these people are not well off
- 53% are aged 65 or over
- And of thoes 6.7 million have a disability
Your time as a volunteer will help change these figures in our local area - and every person helped to access the internet is a victory in the battle to get people from the UK fully online by 2020.
Giving people the digital skills to use the internet; to keep in touch with friends & family; shop around to take advantage of the deals and offers on everying from paying bills to buying cheaper clothes and food; manage long term health conditions enables them to take back control.
We need your help
We run a number of digital inclusion projects, where we need your help:
Training - we train in online basic skills
Using the learnmyway online skills training site, we help local residents to get to grips with using the internet and all it's many activities. We are looking for people who have an interest in helping people learn. You don't need a teaching degree - just patience and the ability to reassure, motivate and explain to our learners.Have a look at how we do this on Technology Thursdays on the Cambridge Road Estate?
Computers - we refurbish PCs
- Can you help? Are you familiar with PC hardware?
- Do you know how to Install Windows/softwareUpgrade memory? Have a look at PC Plus project which enables local residents to take home a computer for little or no cost
How we support our digital champions
- We register all our champions with the Learmyway online learning platform, so you can experience how it works.
- We set you up with access to UK Online Centre training videos in how to be a digital champion
- We give hands on support with issues related to the steps in refurbishing computers
- You will never be left alone to run a session. Our training lead Philippa Leary and ICT Support Worker Nine Htet will always be on hand.
From a couple of days a week to just a few hours to spare.
If you are looking for work, volunteering for Community Connected improves your job prospects
"Dear Kate, I hope this finds you were. I have some mixed news.
Have managed to get a 6 month IT support contract starting tomorrow which hopefully is the start of good things. But unfortunately it means I won't be able to come to the office to help out anymore. Have really appreciated the help and support you have all given."
Interested in finding out more?
Download Community Connected's volunteer application form "Interested in volunteering with us and being a digital champion"