Why Champion programmes?
These organisations share core features that make Digital Champion programmes ideal.
- They work with those most at risk. Everyone needs digital skills but digital exclusion often hits those hardest who are already marginalised. That might be by age, income or a disability, as those with any kind of impairment are two and half times more likely to lack digital foundation skills.
- They have an existing infrastructure to help beneficiaries or residents, often provided by a mix of staff and volunteers. These are ideal people to become Champions, they just need the right training and resources.
- They know their beneficiaries. Some projects have great intentions but struggle to connect with the people they want to help. Charities and housing associations are directly connected to them and as soon as they have trained Champions, they can start making an impact.