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Digital Champions

What is a Digital Champion?

Digital Champions offer advice, information and support to adults who want to get online and learn how to use a computer for the first time or improve their confidence with the basics.

You don’t have to be an IT whizz to be a Digital Champion – you just need some basic digital skills yourself, a bit of spare time and enthusiasm to support others to experience the many benefits of the internet and digital technology. As a Digital Champion you will support others to learn the basics about computers and the internet in a relaxed, informal environment.

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Why become a Digital Champion?

Aside from simply giving something back by supporting an individual or community, there are lots of other potential benefits for you, such as: 

  • Improving your own knowledge and confidence in using computers and the internet. 
  • Gaining valuable experience and organisational skills which can help build your CV. 
  • Getting involved in new projects and organisations, opening up other opportunities for volunteering and employment. 
  • Meeting other Digital Champions and making new connections locally.

How do they help people?

 Helping others online or with their digital skills takes many forms – but it could include:​

  • Helping someone learn the basics e.g., showing someone how to use Google, use a mouse and a keyboard or set up an email account.
  • Helping someone understand the benefits of getting online e.g. showing them how to search or apply for a job online, shopping and banking online or using Skype to connect with family and friends. 
  • Acting as an advocate of the benefits of being online. 
  • Assisting training providers during sessions by giving extra support to learners, and supporting people during IT open-access drop-ins. 

How do I get involved?

Digital Champions come in all forms – from giving an hour to help a family member with a tech issue, to more official roles in organisations delivering training. You can access free training platforms below:

No matter which group you fall into we’ve got the resources to help.

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