Volunteers to inspire others in technology

COMPUTER savvy volunteers are being sought to coach and inspire others in getting to grips with modern technology.

North Tyneside Council is looking for 15 new community digital champions to help promote the benefits of using digital technology and social media.

The volunteering opportunities have been made available through the ‘Digit-All’ project – a partnership between the council’s Adult Learning Alliance and VODA.

The champions, called Digit-Allies, will be based at locations such as community learning centres, libraries, children’s centres and other community-based venues across North Tyneside.

There they will work on a one-to-one basis with residents over the age of 16, to help them to improve their ICT skills.

Volunteers should have the ability and patience to get to know people and understand their interests and motivation, especially people who are learning something for the first time.

They should also be enthusiastic about the huge difference the internet and technology can make.

Full training and support will be provided.

Coun David Lilly, pictured, cabinet member with responsibility for adult learning, said: “IT skills are essential in today’s modern world, for everything from keeping in touch with friends and family to banking, shopping and booking a holiday.

“Our ambition is for every resident to make the most of what technology can offer, and I hope that those who are already passionate about IT will come forward and share their knowledge and skills with others, through this fantastic project.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming one of the Digit-Allies should contact Jane Nesbitt on (0191) 643 8814 or e-mail jane.nesbitt@northyneside.gov.uk as soon as possible for more information.

North Tyneside Councils hopes to recruit all 15 volunteers by December.

Training will take place between January and April 2012, for half a day a week, with a view to working with residents by April 2012.