Net Worx – Community Capacity Builders

Net Worx – Community Capacity Builders

Sabrina is delighted to inform us thatPeabodysuccessfully won a bid to become a UK Online Community Capacity Builder. The aim of this campaign is to help some of the 9 million people who are disconnected from the digital world to take their first steps to getting online.  This will be achieved through the expansion of the Net Worx project.

CurrentlyPeabodyis able to provide tailored support to IT learners at 5Peabodylocations trough the Net Worx project. This project utilises volunteer tutors, and the basic IT skills many of us take for granted, to work with learners on a 1-2-1 basis to build their confidence and skills when using the internet.  

What is a Community Capacity Builder?

A Community Capacity Builder is an organisation which uses its members/clients/service users and partnership network to encourage others to support those who are not engaged with computers and the internet.  This goal can be achieved in one of 3 ways:

1)     Developing local partnerships.Peabody is keen to share its expertise and resources in the area of digital inclusion with other organisations. For example, the Net Worx project has developed a beginners hand book and advice and tips for staying safe online.  If anybody would like this booklet please contactSabrina Jantuah. The document will soon also be available to download from thePeabody website. Moreover we also have a supply of IT equipment including specialist equipment for elderly or disabled computer users.

2)      Creating Digital Champions. The Net Worx project currently has 11 volunteer tutors and will be recruiting for more volunteers over the summer. Following induction and training around communication skills, professional boundaries, tutoring tips and planning and evaluating the volunteers are assigned to specific locations where they will be matched with a learner. Our volunteers are our Digital Champions.

3)     Events. We want to be able to reach as many people as possible and show them the world of opportunities available on the web. We would be delighted to participate at any events planned at your location or help you set up a Net Worx group where you are.

Benefits for your residents/service-users

The expansion of the Net Worx project through CCB will allow us to provide IT and internet skills training to a greater number of people. Previously we were restricted to locations with existing IT infrastructure, however with the acquisition of laptops and dongles this will no longer be a barrier.

Want to get involved?

As well as working with external partners we are keen to support as manyPeabodylocations as possible. Please send me an email outlining where you are based, the client group you work with, and whether you have access to equipment. I will then call you back to discuss the options with you.

sabrina.jantuah@peabody.org.uk

A good way to gauge the interest of your service users is to introduce the internet to them in a fun way, for example, playing an online quiz. We can help you with the planning and organisation of this as well as equipment and a budget for the event. At the end of the event we will ask the participants if they would be interested in learning more about computers and signpost them to local services. Please see below some examples of activities we can run to get people excited about using computers.

We are also interested in hearing from you if you currently have a digital champion working with you or would like to nominate someone to become a digital champion by enrolling in the Net Worx project. In this way we can connect them to the other Digital Champion volunteers and provide access to relevant training opportunities.

Making IT fun; activity ideas

 

Activities

 

Equipment
Online quiz

 

After a demonstration of how to access the internet and use Google. Participants will work in small groups to log on to the internet, and find the answers to the questions. 

Quiz questions

PCs/Laptops

Prize for winning team

Internet access

 

Additional extra items –

 large keyed keyboards

roll-ball mice

Digital photography

 

Participants will learn how to take digital photographs and share them online (via email or social networking site).

 

If there is a scanner available participants can also learn how to scan and share printed photos.

Digital camera

PCs/Laptops

Internet access

 

Additional extra items –

Scanner

large keyed keyboards

roll-ball mice

Printer

Windows Paint

 

Participants can create pictures using the Paint application on Windows

PCs/Laptops

 

Additional extra items –

roll-ball mice

Printer

Local history search

 

After a demonstration of how to access the internet and use Google. Participants will search for information and pictures showing about the local area, past and present which will then be printed and added to a wall display.  

PCs/Laptops

Internet access

 

Additional extra items –

Scanner

large keyed keyboards

roll-ball mice

Printer

Please contact Sabrina.jantuah@peabody.org.uk or 07534282184 for help or advice on activity ideas as well as access to equipment.

 

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