This opportunity takes place between 01 Jan 2019 and 31 Aug 2020. Closing date for applications is 31 Jul.
Do you want to change somebody's life? If you think you have the skills to support digitally excluded people to learn basics of using computers and the internet, we'd like to recruit you as a Digital Champion. Digital exclusion is a serious issue that restricts a person's ability to stay in touch with friends and family, find work and the best deals for goods and services, and remain an active member of their community.
What are Digital Champions?
Digital Champions teach people the skills and confidence to use computers and the internet by themselves, and become digitally included. Heeley Trust is a community organisation that deploys volunteer Digital Champions in venues across Sheffield, changing lives and strengthening communities. You don’t need to be a computer expert, or have any qualifications in IT, to be a Digital Champion. You need to be confident with computers, but much more important are patience, reliability and excellent communication skills. Working as a Digital Champion is fun and rewarding, a good way to meet people, and looks great on your CV. Heeley Trust supports their Digital Champions with training and is happy to provide references and letters of commendation to volunteers seeking employment.
What skills do I need?
Be competent computer and internet users, but you don't have to be an expert in IT.
Empathy, punctual, reliable well-organised, patience and an encouraging attitude are all essential, and nothing should be taken for granted
What will I gain?
You can change someone's life by teaching them how to access online resources and communication tools that most people take for granted.
An enormous sense of satisfaction: learners are always amazed to discover what the internet can do for them.
Heeley Trust provides training sessions for all new volunteers and can help dedicated volunteers gain access to accredited qualifications.
This is a rewarding, well-structured volunteering programme that will strengthen any CV.
Training and support
Induction and training will be provided
You should be able to commit to supporting one outreach session (2-3 hours), one day a week, for a minimum of five weeks
DBS (criminal records) check
- CausesEducation, Older people, Social isolation
- FrequencyEvery week
- WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon
- Skills and InterestsAdvice and information, Communication skills, Digital and technology, Teaching, Teamwork
- Careers and AspirationsTeaching, Third sector and charity work