Volunteering Opportunity: Digital Champion with Communities 1st

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A 'Digital Champion' is someone who supports family, friends, colleagues, customers or people in their community to enjoy all the benefits that Basic Online Skills can bring. You don't need to be an IT whizz to become a Digital Champion within your community, you just need a bit of spare time and enthusiasm to support others to overcome personal barriers to experiencing the benefits of the internet and digital technology.

Opportunity Type: Long-term Commitment

District: Broxbourne, East Herts, Hertsmere, St Albans

Location: Indoor

Time of day: Casual or Intermittent

Practical Considerations: Digital Champions will be required to help learners within their local community possibly at a library or other communal place.

No formal qualifications or prior guiding experience are required to volunteer with us.

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and abilities.

A full charity induction will be given before the volunteer starts with us and ongoing training is offered depending on which event you are working on.

Home based and in your local area.

References will be required from applications and will be taken up.

Please apply asap as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Volunteers MUST be over 16 (or be accompanied by an adult if under 16).

A minimum of six months commitment is required.

Suitable for: 16 – 17 year olds, 18 – 25 year olds, Aged 26 and over, School students, University students, Older People

Suitable for volunteers interested in: IT, Technology & Digital Inclusion

Full Description:
A 'Digital Champion' is someone who supports family, friends, colleagues, customers or people in their community to enjoy all the benefits that Basic Online Skills can bring.

Are you IT savvy with skills to share? Can you help those who aren’t so confident to start using the net, their smart phones and tablets?

Want to help your local community with Computers and a Cuppa - a project that gives older people the opportunity to explore Information Technology through fun learning from each other?

Communities 1st are looking for people in Hertsmere to train as Digital Champions to support this initiative which provides a social and informal environment for older people to gain confidence on various IT equipment and learn together whilst socialising.

Professional skills would be welcomed but are not essential – we are looking for friendly, proactive volunteers who have an interest in supporting people and are able to help get this group off the ground, and support/get involved on the day of the sessions.

Why are Digital Champions important?

Digital Champions are the key to creating and sustaining successful digital skills/projects and programmes to support others within their community.

What will I be doing?

Well, you don't need to be an IT whizz or guru to become a Digital Champion within your community, you just need a bit of spare time and enthusiasm to support others to experience the benefits of the internet and digital technology.

We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience;

Committed to working with the community with a passion for helping others less fortunate.
Comfortable with their own abilities and knowledge of being able to get online.
Able to use computers, search the internet and send emails.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Good interpersonal skills.
Flexible approach and willingness to work as part of a team.
Ability to work independently and ask for clarification when needed.
Be patient, reliable and organised.
Able to explain things easily and clearly.
Commit at least 1 day per month.