Supporting your community with digital skills

Supporting your community with digital skills

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  13th Jan 2015
Do you provide internet access in your library? Do you provide any kind of informal learning, including how to use computers and the internet? If so, the UK online centres network is waiting for you!
Supporting your community with digital skills

Tinder Foundation manages a network of around 5,000 UK online centres in community venues across the country - in village halls, community centres and hundreds of libraries. If you were previously part of a large group of libraries managed by a local authority, you might have been part of the network. If you’re now independent, we would still love you to be on board.

The network helps some of the 10 million UK adults without basic online skills use the internet to do everything from look and apply for work, pay bills, claim benefits and keep in touch with loved ones.

We know that for many people without access at home, their library is the first stop when they need to get online and sometimes they need help which many libraries don’t have the time or resources to give.

But we make digital inclusion easy, and there are lots of benefits to becoming a member of the UK online centres network including:

● Using the Learn My Way website to deliver free, straight forward beginners courses on using email, looking for work online, using the internet safely and MUCH more. It’s perfect for beginners of any age.

●  Learn My Way even logs all learner progress at your centre so you can see just how many people you’re supporting and what courses they’re doing, on the Management Information section of our website

● If you use resources other than Learn My Way, our new CaptureIT system can help you keep track of everything people are learning at your library - perfect for demonstrating impact to potential funders!

You might have had support from your local authority to deliver digital skills in the past but we know the library sector is going through a period of significant change, and many community libraries are now 'going it alone’ with much of the work being done by volunteers. Being part of our wider informal network will give you the chance to share best practice, get training for your volunteers, receive marketing materials to drive more traffic to your library, and much, much more.

If you’d like to know more about how joining the UK online centres network can benefit you and your library, head over to our website or give our Network Team a call on 0114 221 0410.

 

Article provided by: Caroline Wilson - The Tinder Foundation