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Call for digital champions

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Housing, Universal Credit

Riverside is recruiting volunteer digital champions, from across Wirral, Halton and south Liverpool, to help people who live in their neighbourhoods improve their online skills.

Digital champions should be able to use the internet and want to help others understand the benefits of being online, as well as showing them how to find their way around. 

Mark Browne is community engagement officer for Riverside, focusing on digital inclusion.   “We are not looking for computer whizz kids, just people who use the internet regularly and can share their skills with others.  We will provide training, so it’s a great way to gain a qualification alongside helping people become digitally literate.  And of course it’s a good way to boost confidence and improve job prospects.”

Becca Davies, 22, from Tranmere, supports visitors to four work clubs in the area.  As part of Involve Northwest’s Reach Out Project funded by Riverside, Becca is helping people at local venues get online to job search, set up email accounts and identify skills gaps.

Becca said:  “Since joining the team I have gained more confidence in myself and my work. My role supporting clients has really made a difference to their lives. I’m enjoying meeting new people each day and it’s rewarding to see them improve their online skills.

If you are interested in becoming a digital champion, contact Mark Browne on tel: 0345 111 0000 or email: mark.browne@riverside.org.uk for more information.

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