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Digital Buddies

If you can navigate your way around the internet or a smartphone, use online banking, are a whizz with social networking sites or use technology around the home to make your life easier then you could help improve someone’s life by sharing your skills with them.


There are many benefits to becoming a Digital Buddy

Meet new people and have fun

Our Digital Learners are either living with a disability or aged 55 or over and from a wide range of backgrounds. Becoming a Digital Buddy will give you opportunities to meet new people, and have some fun at the same time!



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Help others learn new skills

One thing all our Digital Learners have in common is that they are keen to expand their digital skills to enhance their everyday lives. As a Digital Buddy, the knowledge you hold can help to improve the wellbeing of older people across Essex.


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Gain new experiences

Becoming a Digital Buddy is a unique opportunity to help improve the digital skills of older people and those living with a disability across Essex. It’s a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling experience that many participants don’t get elsewhere. You will also get the opportunity to improve your own skills which may enhance your career opportunities, particularly in the fields of teaching, health and social care.


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Build self-confidence

Helping others often provides a sense of personal achievement, which can build self-confidence. 

Some of the skills you could share include:

  • Social media
  • Using smartphones, tablets or computers
  • Navigating the internet
  • Using WhatsApp, Skype etc
  • Using email
  • Online banking
  • Online shopping
  • Smart speakers
  • Playing online games
  • TV (e.g. Netflix etc)
  • In-home technology



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Sign up to become a Digital Buddy

Anyone over the age of 16 living in Essex can become a Digital Buddy, you just need to be available to volunteer a small amount of time each month to meet up with keen learners.

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Buddy stories


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Robert

“Robert sometimes suffers “cabin fever” as well as depression, isolation and loneliness. To help with this an Alexa was purchased so he can better control his environment”

Read Robert’s story

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Sara

“It’s great to help people build their confidence and have fun – it can open up a whole new world of fun and connections.”

Read Sara’s story

Brenda's Story Image Digital Boomers

Brenda

“Brenda uses an Amazon Echo for entertainment, as well as to call her daughter if she has a fall.”

Read Brenda’s story

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