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Digital Learners

Digital technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, from communicating with family and friends to controlling the lights and heating in our homes. Advances in technology can have a positive impact on all of our lives, but can be difficult to keep up with.

From sending emails and online banking, to carrying out tasks around your home or playing Scrabble online, you can choose what skills you would like to learn to help make your everyday life simpler, easier and more fun. Learning new digital skills can also have a positive effect on your mental and physical health and general wellbeing and enable you to live independently for longer.

You will be helped by our Digital Buddies  - Essex residents who are happy to share their own digital skills with others. As a learner, you will be paired with a buddy who can help you gain new digital skills at one of our regular events.

Connect with friends and loved ones

Knowing how to use digital technology can help you stay connected with people in your life. Through new digital technologies you could use video calling to not only hear, but see, your friends and loved ones in other parts of the country or world. Or, you could keep in instant contact with them through exchanging emails, mobile phone messaging or social media.

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Carry out regular tasks

Digital technology can help you carry out regular, everyday tasks such as food shopping, keeping track of appointments, controlling the temperature in your home, checking the weather and getting repeat prescriptions. You can even play games such as chess and Scrabble against other people from around the world!

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Meet new people and have fun

Our Digital Buddies are from a wide range of age groups and backgrounds across Essex. They all want to share their digital skills to improve people’s lives, but they also want to enjoy doing it too! By becoming a Digital Learner you will meet new people and make new friends.

Some of the skills you could learn 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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Find out about becoming a Digital Learner

If you'd like to find out more, please add your details to the form and we'll be in touch.

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