We’re always looking for young people aged 10-19 years old to join our team of volunteer Digital Buddies.
Digital Buddies help older people living in sheltered housing in Norfolk to do more with the internet and new technology. They meet weekly or fortnightly for 2 hours after school/college and introduce older people to all the amazing things that can be done online. This could include helping someone reconnect with friends or family over Skype or Facebook, researching their family tree or perfecting a selfie!
The Digital Buddies project is delivered in partnership with MTM Youth Services CIC and Saffron Housing. Our current project in Wymondham is funded by Norfolk Community Foundation and sponsored by Know Your Money.
As a Digital Buddy you will:
- Receive training on working with older people and teaching digital skills
- Have fun getting to know older people and your fellow Digital Buddies
- Have the opportunity to gain new skills and volunteering experience
- Make a real difference to the individuals you support
- Have the chance to gain a Norfolk Youth Award
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some young people have said about the project:
- “I feel like I am doing something productive with my time, I feel like I am helping the older generation”
- “It gives you skills as well as them – I’ve got more confidence”
- “It’s a nice thing to do, everyone enjoys it, we’re having fun whilst working”
So far we have run Digital Buddies projects in sheltered schemes in Diss, Costessey and Wymondham and we’re now busy working to secure further funding to run more projects. Who knows, we may be heading to a town near you soon!
How you can get involved
If you’re interested in volunteering and would like information on our latest Digital Buddies projects please get in touch.