Bruno Brunskill joined Digital Unite's Digital Champions Network a few months ago as part of the Lottery funded One Digital Programme. He has been teaching people how to use their computers for about seven years around the villages of Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe (aka 'The Astons’) in South Oxfordshire,.
CHP is a charitable housing association based in Chelmsford in Essex.
They were keen to support their customers, to be confident with using online services. In spring 2018 they joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network as part of the Lottery funded One Digital programme.
Digital skills provider, Digital Unite, has been successfully awarded a new three-year contract by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group. The contract extension means that Digital Unite will continue to provide the Digital Champion service to Clarion Housing residents.
There is such a wide range of people who volunteer their time as Digital Champions, but something they almost always have in common is their enthusiasm for helping others. The biggest reasons people sign up to become Digital Champions is 'getting satisfaction from helping others'.
Roger Custance is a Digital Champion with Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest. He has access to the support and training on Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network through Go On Worcestershire.
Phil McGarry became a Digital Champion for Clarion Futures in February 2018. Here he describes how the experience gained as a Digital Champion and the people he met through this volunteering helped him back into the workplace.
Bill (aged 60) is a Digital Champion in Waltham Forest. He signed up to be a Digital Champion to enable him to use the skills that he had picked up working in the legal industry to the benefit of a wider group.
The ASA is a European Social Fund funded project which aims to address higher level skills shortages in specialist advice services and provide opportunities to improve workforce skills, knowledge, progression and productivity.
Jane (pictured with her adorable dog Whisky!) is a Sustainable Transport Officer at Waltham Forest Council. She saw the opportunity to volunteer as a Digital Champion in the Council newsletter and decided to sign up as she wanted to share her skills with local people.
“We have been impressed by Digital Unite’s work for many years and also envious of the training."
Coffee Pot Computing is a group of volunteers who offer support to Eastbourne residents aged 50+ to enable them to get to grips with modern technology and keep in touch with family and friends. They joined our Digital Champions Network as part of the Lottery funded One Digital programme.
In 2008 David Last had the idea to combine his knowledge and love of computers with his enthusiasm for helping in the local community. He couldn’t find any suitable local projects that needed volunteers so he approached his local library with the idea to start a computer drop-in. Ten years later, David is still running weekly computer drop-in sessions at Leytonstone library, London.