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If you would like to support an older person to get online, sign up to be a Digital Champion. 

What is a Digital Champion? 

A Digital Champion is someone who is trained and supported to inspire others to get online and can spend time showing them how. This could include: 

  • Teaching someone to use internet search engines 
  • Helping someone set up an email account 
  • Setting up someone with Skype 
  • Showing someone how to research activities in their area 

This can be done via 1:1 support in older people’s homes and IT drop in sessions through to larger scale community events - simple things that can make a big difference to people who can’t or don’t use the internet.

Digital Champions come from a range of different backgrounds and have varying levels of digital experience themselves, from IT professionals to people who are ‘newly converted’ to digital technology and want to share their enthusiasm. They may be staff and volunteers from local Age UKs, employees at local businesses or local community organisations or just other older people themselves.

A Digital Champion doesn't have to be an IT whizz; they just need to have a bit of spare time, an enjoyment of being online themselves, some confidence with basic computer use, and, most of all, a willingness to help others.

They all receive structured training, support and resources in order to motivate and support others. What they have in common is that they want to volunteer to engage, support and encourage older people to develop their digital skills and confidence. 

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