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Community volunteers become first ‘Digital Neighbours’

Scarborough Digital Neighbours

Twenty five volunteers and support staff representing 17 community groups across Scarborough and Whitby have become the borough’s first Digital Neighbours, after successfully completing training through the area’s Adult Learning and Skills Service.

The newly-created two-day course delivered in Scarborough and Whitby by expert tutors is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, techniques and confidence to be able to coach others how to use the internet.

It means those volunteers can now pass on the digital skills that are relevant in their community settings and paves the way for their groups to put in a funding bid through North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities programme for up to £4,000 to ‘supercharge’ digital learning in their local peer groups.

Kevin Jeffrey, Service Development Manager, Adult Learning and Skills Service, said:
“We’ve had an incredible reaction to the Digital Neighbours project and I’m delighted that so many volunteers have now become our Community Partners for Digital Skills. I hope it will make a real difference to digital learning within grassroots community settings.”

Cllr David Chance, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Stronger Communities and Public Health, said:
“The pace of digital evolution means many people are at risk of being left behind, unable to access vital information and services. The Digital Neighbours project will help improve digital skills in areas that need it the most and I look forward to the next stage and seeing a range of innovative and exciting projects.”

Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Democracy, Neighbourhoods, Stronger and Safer Communities and Chairman of the Scarborough Borough Digital Inclusion Partnership, which brought forward the Digital Neighbours project, added:
“I want to thank the tutors and those people who have given up their time and taken part in the training for the benefit of their groups. I’m very eager to see how the digital mentoring and coaching skills they have learnt will be put into practise and seeing digital skills flourish at grassroots level.”

Community groups, which have accessed the phase one Adult Learning and Skills Service training, now have until 23 September to submit a bid to North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities for a share of up to £4,000 from a £20,000 total funding pot.

A decision panel will shortlist the bids in September, with those groups who’ve made it to that stage then invited to pitch their project ideas later in the autumn.

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