Digital Champions are people who have developed their own digital skills and literacies and want to help their friends, colleagues, neighbours and other members of their communities to get online safely and securely and make the most of the benefits of the internet.
UNISON and WEA YMCA CC Cymru share a mission to tackle social inequality through learning and a passion for helping our colleagues, service users and communities to both get online for the first time and make the most of the internet for learning and working. We also know that digital exclusion is closely tied up with social and financial exclusion – indeed that all three are elements of the same problem.
That's why DigiSkills Cymru has developed close partnerships with the Welsh Government's Digital Communities Wales programme and the partners on the Big Lottery Fund's One Digital project over the past three years, and now works to signpost volunteers to sources of training for Digital Champions across public service workplaces in Wales.
Digital Communities Wales
Digital Communities Wales, hosted by the Wales Co-operative Centre works with public services, charities, community organisations and others to embed digital inclusion within their organisations. They offer to:
- Train your frontline staff so they can confidently show people how to use technology
- Help you develop strategies and policies for digital inclusion
- Advise you on embedding digital inclusion into your day-to-day activities
- Support you to set up digital inclusion volunteering initiatives and recruit digital inclusion volunteers
- Build local partnerships amongst organisations which want to share ideas and co-ordinate activities with others in their area
- Support you in developing new projects or activities to help you include elements of digital inclusion in your ideas
Please use the form below to contact the Digital Communities Wales team, and don't forget to mention that you found out about them through DigiSkills Cymru.
One Digital project, led by our good friends at Digital Unite, offer online training, resources and support for Digital Champions in the community to promote digital resiliance.
Here in Wales, the key project partner is the Citizens Online's Digital Gwynedd project. You can contact the Gwynedd team using the form below: