Bright Ideas formed a team of volunteers who joined the Digital Activist Inclusion Network (DAIN)– an exciting volunteer project that works across the East Midlands.
DAIN aims to promote digital inclusion by encouraging people to use technology with the help of volunteers (digital activists).
Digital inclusion is a vital part of social equality, as people who are already at a social or financial disadvantage are likely to be offline and missing out on the benefits digital technologies can provide such as support with job hunting, information on key issues such as health and finance, cheaper deals on everyday products and the chance to socialise with others, something that’s particularly important for people who can’t get out and about easily such as older people, careers, parents with young children and those living with a physical or learning disability.
Around 23% of UK adults don’t use the internet whilst 27% of households don’t have access to it at home.
DAIN was looking for enthusiastic, friendly people with experience of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) who can commit to volunteering a few hours each week. Volunteers were aged 19 or over and be unemployed (or working for less than 8 hours a week).
In return, volunteers will get the opportunity to learn new skills and gain useful work experience whilst helping out in local communities.
Bright Ideas Nottingham is working in partnership with DAIN to support the recruitment of volunteers.
Find out more about the course below:
The DAIN project is run by the Workers Educational Association (WEA) East Midlands and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). It’s supported by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and Co-ordinating European Funding for the East Midlands Third Sector (CEFET).