There are 9 million people in the UK who don’t know how to use computers and the internet, and who are missing out on all of the benefits being online provides, here are some interesting statistics.
▶ 3.1 million People over 65 go more than a week without seeing family, friends or neighbours. The Internet can empower people to get connected so there’s no need to feel lonely.
▶ Households save up to £560 a year shopping and paying bills online.
▶ 7 million job ads appeared online last year. You now need computer skills for 90% of new jobs, and good computer skills can increase your earnings by 25%.
▶ Government public information is moving online – you’ll increasingly need to access the web to do everything from influencing decisions that affect your area to collecting benefits.
▶ 25 million people in the UK make social connections through Facebook
Could you give something back to your community by becoming a Digital Champion?
There’s loads of ways you can help and free training and support is available
Join the Digital Champion network today and inspire people to learn and get more out of life online. You don’t have to commit a lot of time – you can also get involved if you only have an hour or even a few minutes spare.
Those of us, who know how to use a computer, all have something to contribute and it is a great way to meet new people, build new skills, and make a big difference to your community. Many people already give their time to help others – whether it’s making time to have a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour or help them with their shopping, or making a regular commitment to volunteer with a charity or community group. We all take many things for granted; just imagine life without knowledge of the internet.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Digital Champion contact Clare Fiander at West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action. Telephone: 01553 760568 Email: email@example.com