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Support older people to learn basic computer and mobile phone skills to help them connect online with their loved ones!

Age UK Westminster is running digital inclusion sessions in the borough to teach older people online skills such as online shopping, emails, using social media, and much more. The digital inclusion project helps to reduce participant's feelings of isolation, loneliness, and improves their physical and emotional wellbeing.

As a Digital Support Volunteer, you will spend as little as 1 to 2 hours a week sharing your basic digital skills with a client who wishes to gain knowledge in using a digital device loaned to them for a 6-week period.  You could be showing them how to set up their first email address and send an email, use the camera on their smart phone to take photographs or even perform a google search to find a particular service or activity online.

You don't need to be a computer genius; you just need patience and be able to teach others what comes naturally to you when using a phone or a computer.

Skills/Attributes Required:

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Good IT and digital skills
  • Friendly, kind and patient
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Flexible approach
  • Good Interpersonal skills
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others
  • Committed to Equal Opportunities
  • Able to recognise and work within personal and organisational boundaries
  • An understanding of the need for confidentiality
  • A non-judgemental approach
  • Reliability and sense of responsibility
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work with minimum supervision
  • Knowledge of other languages is desired

Experience Required:

  • General knowledge on the benefits of using technology to assist with daily tasks and activities.
  • An interest and experience in general IT with a good understanding of Microsoft Office, social media, and online communication platforms
  • Ability to use and explain the use of the internet, wi-fi, iPads, smartphones, and laptops.

Mandatory Training & Development:

  •  No formal training is required.
  • General Induction

Volunteering Location: 

Volunteering will take place in the client’s home and/or outdoors

What we offer:

  • The chance to be part of a lively team who will facilitate your development with support and on-going training.
  • The opportunity to be involved with projects where your own ideas and input will be valued.
  • The chance to make a real contribution to Age UK Westminster's work
  • Free DBS check
  • Professional references after 3 months of volunteering
  • Travel expenses reimbursed with proof of receipt
  • Lunch expenses covered after a minimum of 4 hours volunteering

How to apply

To apply for this position please click on the following link to complete the online volunteer application form https://form.jotform.com/210604141164037

Alternatively, you can download and complete the volunteer application form below and return to our team at volunteering@ageukwestminster.org.uk or return a printed copy of the application form by post to the address below.

Volunteer Team
Age UK Westminster
Beethoven Centre
Third Avenue
London
W10 4JL