WHAT IS THE DIGITAL SKILLS PROJECT?
The Digital Skills Project is Langholm Initiative's response to digital exclusion in our area.
We are working to support older people to become digitally confident, to inspire young people to explore digital careers, and to support our business community to expand their online ability.
Throughout 2019, we researched digital skills in our community and found significant appetite to launch a programme of learning that supports people of all ages.
Our project will launch a volunteer scheme aimed at helping people aged 65+ to get online. By being patient, fun and informal, our volunteers will aim to help older people recognise the potential of getting digital.
We will also be working with employers, colleges and businesses to inspire the next generation to discover the digital economy.
In partnership with a range of support agencies, we'll also be helping our local small businesses to find out how the internet can help them grow and succeed.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP?
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
We're looking for volunteers to help us run our digital learning programme for older people. Don't worry - you don't have to be a technological expert. You just need a working knowledge of laptops or tablets, patience and good people skills.
We'll provide training where necessary and help you to create a lasting impact for older people in our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that we need to get as many older people online as we can. Now is the best time to get involved and make it happen.
We have been generously funded for this pilot year by the Ewe Hill 16 Fund, Muirhall Energy, Dumfries & Galloway Council and local donors.
If you like the sound of what we're doing, there's lots of ways you can help us.
Donate money to support our work.
Donate any old tablets, laptops or phones that we can use to help teach with.
Volunteer with our organisation.