5.3 million people have never been online in the UK and there are 11.9 million people who don’t have the essential digital skills to navigate life and work.
This October partners, volunteers and communities will come together to make sure that everyone can take part in the digital world. Thousands of events will take place in hundreds of communities, providing a friendly and welcoming way to help people take the next step on their online journey, building skills and improving lives along the way.
Volunteer Essex would like to use this opportunity to promote some of the ways in which volunteers can support digital inclusion either through supporting others to learn or by helping charities through digital volunteering.
Below are some examples of volunteering roles but you can also search using key words such as digital or computers or use the “computer, IT and Websites” search option in the activities list
Sharing Digital Skills
There are a number of opportunities across Essex to become a digital champion or buddy. Typically these volunteers support others to get online through bespoke one to one or workshop style support. These volunteers help people to learn what is right for them in a way that works for them rather than following formal courses content. Some examples include:
- Basic Computer Support Volunteer
- Digital Buddies
- Computer Training volunteer
- Computer Training for visually impaired
- Library Digital Assistant
Volunteers with digital skills can support charities with managing their IT systems or through digital volunteering such as social media, A few examples on the Volunteer Essex database include: