Imagine a world where you didn’t have the confidence or the skills to go online?
For many people in Swansea this is still a reality and has a huge impact on their lives as if you are online:-
- You can save on average £744 a year on household bills
- You can communicate with friends and family
- You can gain employment as 25% of jobs are only advertised online
- You are not so isolated
- You have access to information
- You can bank online, pay rent and bills.
Discovery is launching a new project with Gwalia, the housing association, called Digital Champions which will teach basic digital skills to people with little or no experience of using computers or the Internet. They’re hoping that, by helping teach these digital skills, they will enable people to access employment and training, use online services and become more independent and less isolated.
To be a Digital Champion all you need is patience, willingness to help, the ability to motivate and encourage, good communication skills, to be competent in using computers, the Internet and Microsoft-based software (you don’t need high level computer skills) and to enjoy working with learners of all ages.
Discovery will provide training for you, so come along to the first Digital Champions training on Wednesday 7th February at 4pm. If you are interested please sign up through the Discovery volunteer database at http://discoverysvs.org/volunteer/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luke the Digital Champions’ project coordinator said:
“I am really excited to be the coordinator for this project as it has the potential to transform people’s lives. There are many people – not just older people – who have little experience of computers or the internet, or who lack the confidence to access information and services online. Learning new digital skills can open important new doors, including the ability to learn how to use email and search for jobs online, helping improve people’s confidence and employability prospects. You don’t have to be a computer expert to volunteer as a digital helper – you just need to be fairly confident with basic technology.”