The Digital Champions (DCs) we support through our Digital Champions Network (DCN) cascade digital skills to peers within the workforce and in the community. In turn they support the development of digital skills with service users and customers.

CapgeminiDigital Unite (DU) is delighted to announce a collaboration with Capgemini, in a new programme that will help DU’s member organisations leverage their Digital Champion activities so they can reach more people with digital skills support.

Bath and North East Somerset Council logoBath and North East Somerset Council has joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network as part of their drive to embrace a digital first future.

An independent 2-year evaluation[1] has shown that our Digital Champions Network (DCN) gives organisations the impetus (or fillip) to get digital inclusion started – providing them with the framework they need to drive forward digital skills programmes.

Our new Digital Health Champion Network trains volunteers and staff the easy way.

Developed in partnership with NHS Digital, the Network's online training and tools gives them the confidence and knowledge to help patients with using the internet.

Check out our infographic below to learn more.

Courses to train Digital ChampionsAn independent evaluation of our Digital Champions Network has shown that a resounding 97% of Digital Champions would recommend its training. Over 80% also agreed that the Network’s courses and resources has made them better at helping others with digital skills.

Digital Champions NetworkIf you’re planning a digital inclusion programme in 2020 you need to put Digital Champions at the heart of it. People with low or no digital skills need long term and regular support from someone they trust. A Digital Champion provides that.

Christmas ballsIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive look at the work we do, and what better perspective could we take than a celebration of our inspirational Digital Champions.

With over 2,400 currently being trained and supported in our Digital Champions Network we have got to know quite a few!

We know digital inclusion is a tricky beast. With stretched resources, competing priorities and a target audience that’s often based far and wide, the challenge can sometimes seem insurmountable. 

But good digital inclusion and digital skills is vital; for your business, for your staff and for your service users. Let’s face it, if you want to invest in technology to improve your organisation you need to invest in your people, so they have the skills to use it. And by now we are all aware of the positive and life-changing benefits being online can bring people personally.   

Swetha Papisetty receives her Digital Champion AwardSwetha Papisetty was named Digital Champion of the Year in our recent Achievement Awards 2019 and is a Digital Champion with housing provider, Poplar Harca in East London.

Screengrab of the digital payslips courseFollowing new legislation this year, Digital Unite has teamed up with UNISON to create new accredited training that shows people how to help colleagues with their digital payslips.

This Get Online Week (14-20 October) our Chief Executive, Emma Weston OBE talked to Charity Digital News about how Digital Champions in the workplace can support organisations with digital transformation.

The full article is below.

Casper Kennerdale with a learnerCaspar Kennerdale (pictured on the left with learner, Jay Madawala) joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network for free as part of the Lottery funded One Digital programme.

screengrab of new helping colleagues courseA new accredited online course and dozens of new resources have been launched by Digital Unite to train staff as Workplace Digital Champions and improve digital skills across an organisation.

Home Group logoHome Group, one of the biggest housing associations in the UK, has joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network as part of the national Lottery funded One Digital programme.

John Thompson talking with Emma Weston of Digital UniJohn Thompson was named Best Volunteer Digital Champion in our recent Achievement Awards 2019 and is a Digital Champion with Phoenix Community Housing.

Mencap logoDigital Unite is teaming up with the UK’s leading learning disability charity, Mencap, on a new initiative that explores how becoming a Digital Champion can open up wider employment opportunities for people with a learning disability.

Because we find the best conversations about digital skills are had in small informal groups we’re running two of our popular roundtables in September. Each one is delivered in partnership with a subject matter expert and is aimed at housing providers, local authorities and charities. Choose from being a digital first organisation or building digital skills in the workplace, or both!

Naturally spaces are limited so register today.

Jane Eyre at the Digital Champion Achievement AwardsJane Eyre was named Workplace Digital Champion of the Year in our recent Digital Champion Achievement Awards 2019.

generic library imageLibraries already play a pivotal role in their communities, but they can also be instrumental in supporting digital inclusion for local people. They offer a friendly and informal environment and can provide accessible digital skills support in a variety of ways, from one to one and group teaching to drop in sessions.

Digital Unite has released new CPD accredited online training to help organisations and their teams deliver successful Digital Champion programmes and build capability for digital transformation.

Available as part of Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network (DCN) the bite-sized courses, entitled SHAPE, provides invaluable advice and support on how to run a Digital Champion project/programme, boosting both the success of the project and the confidence and knowledge of the person responsible for delivering it.

Digital Champion Achievement Award winnersAs part of national Volunteers’ Week, a group of inspiring Digital Champions have been commended at an Awards ceremony in London (Tuesday 4th June) for giving their time and commitment to helping people get online.