Stockport Homes’ Digital Heroes – Getting digi with it!
Published by Anonymous for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Back row: Anthony Bibby; Frank Coogans; Alan Perkin, Stockport Homes
During Tinder Foundation’s Start Something campaign to help people get online, Stockport Homes is pleased to announce the Launch of its Digital Heroes project.
The project, run in partnership with award winning, local social enterprise Starting Point, has trained volunteers to help and support Stockport Homes’ customers, as well as other Stockport residents, to get online and make the most of the internet.
The Digital Heroes provide support in a flexible, fun and informal way that is personalised to user needs, and is delivered through community venues right across the Stockport area.
The customer has total choice over how much, or how little support they want from the Digital Heroes.
The support covers many areas ranging from searching and applying for jobs and getting to grips with using Universal Job Match; to saving money via shopping online and through using price comparison tools, as well as applying for benefits and accessing services online.
Mohammed Mustafa, Social Inclusion Officer, Stockport Homes, said, “We’re really pleased to be able to work with Starting Point on this project. Getting our customers online will give them access to the many opportunities offered by the internet, from gaining new skills to findings new ways of keeping in touch with friends and family."
Nicola Wallace Dean, Projects Lead, Starting Point, said, “Stockport Homes’ Digital Heroes project is an asset to the residents of Stockport. As projects lead for Starting Point, I have worked in digital inclusion for over 10 years, and know that volunteers are the key to helping people get online.”
Anna Geraghty, Head of Marketing, Tinder Foundation said, “The Start Something campaign aims to support thousands of people from all over the country to improve their digital skills to help them find work, connect with friends and family, save money or whatever they want! The activity run by Stockport Homes and Starting Point is a great example of how offering personalised support can be a great way to get people excited about what the internet can offer, and I’m sure the project will be a great success!”
The Digital Heroes project is part of a range of support currently provided by Stockport Homes with supporting its customers to get online.
Stockport residents looking to get support from the Digital Heroes can contact Stockport Homes’ Social Inclusion Team on 0161 474 2854.