Mobile network operator and internet service provider company ‘EE’, which hosts tea parties to boost digital literacy, is the winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for playing an important role in helping local communities with their tech challenges.
Guests from Age UK, and local charities, are given the opportunity to spend around two hours one-to-one with an EE Digital Champion who helps them with tech challenges such as teaching them how to text, use an iPad or set up an email account.
Guests to EE tea parties bring kit they want to learn more about and EE champions bring additional devices so they can demonstrate what technology can do.
Since its 2013 launch, EE has held 68 Techy Tea Parties, with over 565 of their employees volunteering to improve the digital skills of 861 people. Techy Tea Parties have been held in 28 different locations across the UK and there are plans to further expand the project this year. EE employees don’t need to be tech experts – it’s about spending time with someone from their local community.
According to Prime Minister David Cameron: “Whether it’s creating an email account to connect with friends and family, or learning how to use an iPad, EE’s ‘Techy Tea Parties’ are demystifying technology and giving people the skills to get online.”
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