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. 

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.

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.

To celebrate Learning at Work Week (13-19 May) and its theme of ‘shaping the future’ our new infographic highlights how Digital Champions can support and cascade learning in the workplace to realise service transformation of the future.

One Digital logoIn spring 2015, we came together with Age UK, Clarion Futures, Citizens Online and Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), to consider how together, we could deliver better and sustainable digital skills to more people.

Delivering Digital Champion success

Running a Digital Champion project can be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved but as a project manager or co-ordinator, getting things started can feel a little daunting at first.

West Lothian Council logoWest Lothian Council joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network as part of the Lottery-funded One Digital programme.

Peggy the Digital ChampionThe great thing about Digital Champions is that they often have a fantastic wealth of knowledge and experience that they can share with others within their communities.

Digital Champions NetworkBruno 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,.

Learning Awards Bronze badgeDigital Unite was named a winner at the prestigious 2019 Learning Awards, successfully receiving the Bronze Award in the hotly contested Innovation in Learning category. 

Digital LeadersIn this piece for Digital Leaders, our Chief Executive, Emma Weston OBE, talks about how learning is the real enabler for digital transformation. 

Want digital transformation? Encourage continuous learning for all employees.’