Up to 85,000 adults in Croydon don’t have Basic Digital Skills and are missing out on the opportunities that the internet can provide. Go ON Croydon is a year-long programme led by Croydon Council and Go ON UK, the UK’s digital skills charity, to make sure that everyone in Croydon Basic Digital Skills.  It’s our ambition that no one in Croydon gets left behind which is why we are working with Go ON UK to give residents the chance to learn Basic Digital Skills.

Having those Basic Digital Skills enables people to save money on household goods, energy supplies, insurance, clothes etc and prevents them missing out on the opportunities that the internet can offer such as making appointments for doctors or the hospital, applying for jobs, finding out more about hobbies and interests and keeping in touch with family and friends online. Many of you will be working with people who can’t do some or all of those things which is why we’re offering some free training (details below) to community groups to help you to get involved.

Go ON Croydon was officially launched at the beginning of November 2015 and at the same time, Digital Zones were opened in Access Croydon at Bernard Weatherill House and in Lloyds Bank branches in George Street and North End. Since then, additional Go ON Croydon Digital Zones have been opened by Age UK Croydon, Argos, Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation UK, EE, and Job Centre Plus. Digital Zones are designed to help people understand more about the benefits that Basic Digital Skills can bring to their day to day life. They offer a local, friendly, social place where people can find out more about the benefits of digital skills and receive impartial support and guidance to develop those skills.

Many Croydon residents have already benefitted from visiting the Digital Zones, learning how to send and receive emails, how to search for transport information, how to carry out simple DIY tasks using YouTube videos and how to join an online support group.

We’re now keen to work with and support the community organisations in Croydon who are or who want to help their clients and communities to develop Basic Digital Skills. To help us in that work E.ON, a Go ON UK partner, are supporting Go ON Croydon by sponsoring a free digital champion training event in Croydon at Carers Support Centre, 24 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB on 25 February 2016 from 10.00am – 12.00pm followed by a buffet lunch. This event is suitable for those staff or volunteers who are or who will be helping Croydon residents to develop their Basic Digital Skills. It will be delivered by Tinder Foundation, the organisation behind UK Online Centres. We want to offer this training to as many organisations as possible, so please, one attendee per organisation only for this event. After the training, attendees at this training will be able to cascade it to colleagues and other volunteers.

Reservations are essential for this event and bookings should be made through this Eventbrite link (click) where further information is available. Places are limited so please book early to reserve a place for someone from your organisation!

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