Could you learn to help others get online in Stockport?

We’re looking for more volunteers to train and more community groups to help people get online.

Could you learn to help others get online in Stockport?

More than 4,700 Stockport residents have improved their digital skills over the last 18 months thanks to the help of a growing network of community groups and volunteers.

So far, the DigiKnow Alliance has trained 40 ‘Digital Champions’, community volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who support people to gain digital skills and has signed up 35 places across Stockport where residents can get the digital help they need!

But we want to go even further so we’re looking for more volunteers to train and more community groups to help people get online.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement says: “We know that helping people get online can have huge benefits for their wellbeing and can also help people save money and access a wide range of services. Stockport Council has taken an innovative and unique approach to help people improve their digital skills by getting together with local partners and creating a network of support centres across Stockport, making it as easy as possible for residents to find help in their local community, so they can stop missing out and get more out of life.

“With your help we could do even more. We’re looking for more Digital Champions. You only need basic digital skills as we run a monthly training course to give you the skills to support learners. And we’re looking for more community groups and organisations who could add digital to their regular activities. This can be really simple, such as, showing your cooking class how to search for recipes online or helping people to check what’s on TV.”

If you would like to volunteer as a ‘Digital Champion’, or if you’re involved with a community group who could offer digital skills support, get in touch with Starting Point on 0161 494 9947 or sign up for the DigiKnow Digital Champion Weekly Update to receive details of upcoming volunteer training sessions and hints and tips on helping people to develop digital skills. There’s still time to get involved with Get Online Week in October too. To register as a Get Online Week event holder or just to find out more, visit the Get Online Week web pages.

Or if you or someone you know is looking for a community group who can help with digital skills, look out for the DigiKnow logo, ask at your local library or visit our Stockport Local online directory.