Volunteers Go Digital

Volunteers in North Warwickshire have entered the world of mobile internet after the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire secured a deal with Vodafone to provide them with free mobile internet devices to help them get online.

One tablet, a smartphone and two mobile internet boxes have been given to three volunteers who don’t have any access to mobile devices. They are delighted with their new gadgets.

Janet Gill from Atherstone said “I’ve never had a tablet before so I’m really excited about getting to grips with how it works and how it can help me search for jobs online. I have got a laptop, but it uses a dongle which I have to put money on.  It’s going to make a real difference being able to get access to the World Wide Web any time from home. I’m looking forward to finding out what a tablet can do.”

The project is being managed by the Tinder Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion body, and delivered by the Volunteer Centre who is one of only twenty organisations in the UK to have been selected to take part in the pilot.

Janet added “It’s great that the Volunteer Centre have been chosen to help people like me. I am looking for work and have to rely on using the Internet in the library a couple of times a week. It is going to make a real difference to me being able to read my emails on a daily basis. I will also be able to fill out job applications from home as well”

Adam Farrell, Development Coordinator at the Volunteer Centre said “We’re delighted to have been selected by the Tinder Foundation and Vodafone to deliver this project to help get more people get online.”

The centre runs a Friday morning computer club 10 – 12 where volunteers help people get on line.

Adam added “Over the past twelve months we’ve helped nearly one hundred people access a range of online courses covering the very basics all the way through to banking and managing your finances online. This new project will allow us to explore how mobile technology can help people apply for jobs, keep connected and save money online.”

The volunteers will have the equipment for the next fourteen weeks. They will keep a log of how they have used it and how it has benefited them.

Janet is also involved in the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire’s “Volunteering To Confidence and Employment Project, funded by the European Social Fund, awarded by the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Adam says “Janet will be able to use the device on the course to look for jobs and surf the internet for tips on applying for jobs and preparing for interviews”

For more information about the course, getting on line and volunteering, people can contact Adam on 01827 717073 or visit www.vcnw.org.uk.

Janet Gill