We had a great time training our new team of Digital Buddies in preparation for launching a new Digital Buddies project at Ogden Close, Wymondham.
On Monday 5 February, 8 new young volunteers aged 10-16 years old took part in a 2 hour training session delivered by our trainers Tom Gaskin and Jen Dawe, along with Steve Louis from MTM Youth Services CIC and Olly Dawe from Know Your Money.
The training helped the young people to get to know each other and develop as a team. It explored the role of a Digital Buddy and the skills required to help older people become more confident in using the internet and technology.
Young people developed their communication skills and understanding of the risks and benefits of using the internet. They also considered the different attributes that the ideal Digital Buddy would have.
At the end of the session all the Digital Buddies were eager to start volunteering and helping the older people. One young person said she was ‘pumped’ with others describing themselves as ‘confident’, ‘happy’ and ‘excited’!
Digital Buddies is an intergenerational digital inclusion project – supporting young people to participate in social action by helping older people to develop digital skills. The project is delivered by Pop Up Enterprises CIC and MTM Youth Services CIC in partnership with Saffron Housing Trust. A special thanks to Norfolk Community Foundation and Know Your Money for their support of the project.
Digital Buddies will take place at Ogden Close, Wymondham every Monday, 4.30-6.00pm from 22 February – 30 April 2018 (no session on Easter Monday – 2 April). The project is open to anyone to attend.
If you’d like more information about the project or are interested in volunteering as a Digital Buddy please get in touch