Over 7 million adults in the UK don't use the internet, potentially leaving them digitally, socially and financially excluded.
All people, especially the most disadvantaged, can benefit from new technologies. Superfast broadband will ultimately transform the way we access services whether it’s renewing a library book online, claiming benefit or getting your TV licence.
To help support as many people as possible to get online for the first time, we’re developing a Volunteer Network.
We’d love for people with some computer experience to volunteer to help others get to grips with using the internet. For further information, please follow the links below:
Lancashire Digital Volunteering opportunities
To become a digital volunteer in Blackpool, please visit your local library or the Blackpool Volunteer Centre.
Volunteers can get involved in various ways, for example via libraries, visiting schools, old people homes or sheltered accommodation.
The rewards are humbling: many people who have found themselves isolated due to any number of reasons, including health problems, caring responsibilities, and moving to a new area have stories highlighting how much of a lifeline it can be to have immediate access to family and friends through the internet. There is a chronic level of loneliness amongst older people in the UK and the part this technology can play to reduce that needs to be grasped and better understood.
Alternatively, do you think your organisation could work with us to achieve our goal of getting people online, to do more online and benefit from being online? Please contact us to get involved, we look forward to hearing from you!