Caroline Jones Network moderatorBy Caroline Jones, Digital Unite Forum Moderator

With over 1,000 views every month, the Digital Champions Network Forum has become a valuable resource for our Champions across the UK.

CHP logoCHP 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.

Clarion Digital ChampionsDigital 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 CustanceRoger 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.

Southampton City Council logoSouthampton City Libraries has joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network to extend the digital skills support they provide local people.

Philip McGarryPhil 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.

Places for People logoPlaces for People has become the newest housing member of Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network as part of the national Lottery funded One Digital programme.

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Progress Housing Group has joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network to support their drive to enable their customers to be part of the digital world.

Bill (aged 60) is a Digital Champion in dcn logoWaltham 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.

Sandra Hyde is a Digital Champion who set up and runs a Computer Club for her local WI group – Westham Evening WI in Westham, East Sussex.

She joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network for free as an independent Digital Champion as part of the Lottery funded One Digital programme.

How Sandra became a Digital Champion

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Futures Housing Group has become the newest housing member of Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network.

Joining as part of the national Lottery funded One Digital programme, Futures Housing provides homes across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

The Advice Skills Academy (ASA) has joined our Digital Champions Network to help their partner organisations’ staff and volunteers develop their digital skills.

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.

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“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.

Digital Unite has released a range of new guides to help local councillors with navigating and embracing digital technology in their day to day role.

Developed in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and benefiting from the insight of their own councillors the guides cover a variety of topics:

UNISON has joined Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network to help their members with gaining the digital skills and confidence they need to enhance their employment and learning opportunities.

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Article by Kathy Valdes, Managing Director, Digital Unite

As featured in Charity Digital News on Wednesday 9 June 2018.

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.

City West Homes has become the newest housing member of Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network.                                                                      

A team of IT volunteers in Adur & Worthing is benefitting from the training and support on the Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network, thanks to the national Lottery-funded One Digital programme

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An article for Digital Leaders, published Tuesday 27 March.

From our 21 year standpoint, digital credentialing is one of the most exciting developments in learning for our sector that we’ve seen in recent times. Undoubtedly when skills and achievement are acknowledged, people and organisations flourish. In today’s digital world recognising people’s skills and competencies in a digital way makes perfect sense.