Digital Champions to get thousands of people online

One Digital, a new collaborative programme to train hundreds of digital champions to help thousands of people across the UK get online, has been launched.

At a time when the UK is moving to ‘digital by default’ over 12 million people lack basic digital skills according to Go ON UK. To help reduce that number, Age UK, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, Citizens Online and Digital Unite, along with its partners Affinity Sutton and AbilityNet, have joined forces to develop the One Digital programme which will recruit, train and support 1,400 Digital Champions nationwide.

Funded with £2m from the Big Lottery Fund, the programme will help around 9,500 people develop basic digital skills and reach a cross-sector of society including those with disability and accessibility needs, young adults looking for work, the over 65s, and third sector organisations and their beneficiaries.


Effective tool

Digital Champions are an effective tool in today’s digital inclusion landscape. Each Partner will deliver individual and bespoke projects but all of the Digital Champions within the One Digital programme will access one single training and support network that provides structured courses, extensive resources and dedicated mentor support.

Underpinning the network will be a range of evaluation tools to capture essential impact data right across the partnership. The collaboration will also enable the partners to share learnings so that best practice models can be delivered for the benefit of all Digital Champions and end-learners.

Emma Weston, programme director for One Digital said: “The One Digital programme will provide the vital rigour and infrastructure to the Digital Champion proposition so that meaningful digital inclusion can be achieved for everyone across society, now and for the long term.”

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