Wednesday, 20 July 2011

GOING DIGITAL HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER

The digital age is well and truly here but many people still need a helping hand to access all the benefits that getting online can bring.

Birmingham Settlement is running a fantastic new scheme that encourages and supports people who do not use the internet or other digital technology, helping them to get connected.

This project is funded by UK Online to enable Birmingham Settlement to operate as a UK Online Centre. The Settlement is currently recruiting Digital Champions who can show, or support another person to get online.

Carly Duignan, communications and fundraising manager for Birmingham Settlement, said: “Some of our Digital Champions volunteer at our Centre for the Aston Family, by spending a couple of hours a week supporting new IT users at our cyber suite.

“We are also working with a number of Digital Partners who typically provide very cheap or free access to the internet, and actively support people to get online.”

Digital Partners can become UK Online Centres themselves so that they can access funding to train staff and volunteers. They can also raise money by offering free access to online courses.

Carly added: “You don’t have to become a UK Online centre to be one of our digital partners. For instance, Environmental Computer (Recycling and Removals Ltd) has supported our work by donating free, reconditioned computers to small organisations who could not afford new IT equipment.”

Organisations interested in becoming a digital partners can contact Sourour Trevelyan on 0121 250 3003.

Free advice and support is offered to family and friends who are interested in using the internet.

Visit The Centre for the family at Aston; 359/361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6NS.

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