The Wiltshire Online Programme is encouraging its computer literate citizens to help out those who have never been online, which it estimates to be about 68,000 people, by becoming ‘digital champions’ or volunteer coordinators, as part of the Wiltshire Council’s plan to become a digitally inclusive county.
After a successful digital champion pilot in Melksham earlier this year, the Programme wants to roll out similar initiatives in the rest of the county and is currently looking for volunteers in Salisbury, Chippenham and Trowbridge.
As digital champions, citizens will be offering free computer support to beginners in their local communities. If they prefer to be volunteer coordinators, they will recruit and train digital champions as well as register new learners and match them with digital champion most suited to cater to their needs.
According to the programme’s website, the council is looking for people who want to make a difference to their community by helping those “who’ve never experienced the magic of the internet”.
The Wiltshire Online Programme was set up in 2010 to provide access to online services and increasing the ability of citizens and businesses to “maximise the benefits which being online can bring”.
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