Free Digital Neighbours Training With Opportunity to Access Funding of up to £4,000
Volunteers and support staff associated with community groups in the Borough of Scarborough are invited to sign up for free training, which will give them the techniques and confidence to coach others how to use the internet.
The training is being provided by the area’s Adult Learning and Skills Service as part of a two-phase Digital Neighbours scheme aimed at encouraging more people to learn the skills to get online through the voluntary and community sector.
Dates and locations for the six-hour training sessions, which will be delivered over two half days and accredited through the borough’s Digital Inclusion Partnership, will be decided in consultation with those who are interested, in order to maximise participation.
Anyone who is a volunteer or represents a community group can express an interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 May.
Crucially, community organisations that put forward volunteers who go on to successfully complete the training, will then be eligible to bid for funding of up to £4,000 from the North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities programme to create a unique digital project within their peer group or community that gets more people using the internet.
Kevin Jeffrey, Service Development Manager with the Adult Learning and Skills Service, said:
“The free training we’re offering is not about teaching internet skills, but about helping volunteers learn the best techniques and methods to coach in one-on-one or group situations.
“Of course, there will be a digital slant and the support material we’ll provide afterwards will predominantly be about the internet, but the techniques we’ll pass on could easily be applied to any mentoring or coaching situation.”
Cllr David Chance, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Stronger Communities and Public Health, added:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people involved in the voluntary sector to pick up important coaching skills to help residents in the Scarborough borough become active online.
“The money we’ve made available through the Stronger Communities programme also provides a valuable incentive for groups to get involved and think about a digital project that will make a difference to their organisation and the people in their community.”
The Digital Neighbours scheme is the result of collaboration between the Adult Learning and Skills Service, Stronger Communities and Scarborough Borough Council through the Digital Inclusion Partnership.
Representatives from community and voluntary groups who would like to find out more about the scheme should contact Tim Readman on 01723 384332 or email email@example.com
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