A Big Moment to develop digital skills
The drive to develop digital skills is the focus of today’s Big Moment. In September, Digital Unite – which provides digital skills learning – received a £2 million investment to lead a group made up of Age UK, Citizens Online and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).
More than 9,500 people will be helped by ‘digital champions’ as part of the One Digital consortium to benefit people with disabilities and accessibility needs, young adults seeking work and over 65s. From accessing online services, applying for jobs to staying in touch with friends and family, the digital champions will be a huge boost.
Emma Weston, Programme Director of One Digital and Chief Executive of Digital Unite, said of their Big Moment:
“One Digital is a unique collaboration between diverse and distinct organisations to achieve one common goal – delivering sustainable digital skills to people right across society.
“Age UK, Affinity Sutton, AbilityNet, Citizens Online, SCVO (and Digital Unite will be using Big Lottery funding to test and learn Digital Champion models as a flexible and effective digital inclusion solution.
“During 2016 we aim to collectively recruit, train and support 1,400 Digital Champions who can go on to help around 9,500 people across the UK with basic digital skills. Using a common framework we will be sharing goals, ideas and resources and developing coherent and consistent ways of measuring impact and evaluating success.
“It is a new and innovative approach to the changing digital inclusion landscape where those who aren’t online are becoming harder to engage and need personal and long-term support to participate in today’s digitally-driven society.”