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Who are digital champions?

Digital champions are volunteer super-heroes, determined to share their knowledge of digital technology with people in their local community, improving the confidence, security and abilities of those who require it.

What do digital champions do?

Digital Champions improve lives across the county through empowering people to learn basic digital skills and access the online world, benefiting from digital technology. Through patience, time and expertise, they will utilise basic digital skills to promote independent living, reduce social isolation, increase vital skills and improve access to education and employment. They provide either one-to-one support to local residents who have been referred to the service or volunteer with other Champions mentoring small groups of residents in a local centre.

How do I become a digital champion?

Once you apply, you will be sent a link to complete an initial digital skills assessment. One of our tutors will then contact you to arrange an independent learning plan suited to your current level and prior experience. Depending on prior experience, this will consist of between 4-12 modules that can be completed in your free time over a number of weeks. Once training has been completed, you will be ready to support people in your community.

Provided in partnership with:

Hover Box Element

We support people in the community and at work with a range of health, wellbeing and day to day needs.
www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk

Hover Box Element

Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) is an independent charity helping people and communities throughout rural Essex build a sustainable future.
www.essexrcc.org.uk

Hover Box Element

ACL works in collaboration with other Essex County Council services to provide opportunities and support for residents.
www.essex.gov.uk

Why Become a Digital Champion?

Teach Skills

Empower people to learn basic digital skills and access the online world

Improve Lives

Improve lives across the county through supporting people to live independently, reduce digital and social isolation, improve confidence and security, and improve access to education & employment

Learn new skills

Access the training materials and resources you need to support you in your role as a Digital Champion

FAQs

What training will I receive?

Digital Champions will have access to the training materials and resources needed to support them in their role. This includes, information, advice and guidance training, essential skills, communication skills and of course digital skills. Once registered, Digital Champions will be sent a link to complete an initial digital skills assessment.

How do I apply?

Please click on the ‘Apply to become a Digital Champion’ links on this page. You will then be directed to an enrolment form to complete. Once you have applied, a member of our team will contact you.

Who will I be supporting?

Lots of people in your community! You could be supporting someone who has a learning disability, someone who is not confident shopping or banking online, or someone who wants to know how they can stay in contact with their friends and family online.

Do I need to be a tech wiz?

No, anyone can apply. After your initial digital skills assessment a Digital Tutor from ACL will contact you to arrange an independent learning plan suited to your current skills level. You will become a tech wiz in no time!