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County Council call on community to become digital champions

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Derbyshire County Council is leading a £27.67 million project with BT to extend fibre broadband across the county by the end of 2016.

As part of the plans the county council wants to make sure as many people as possible have the confidence to use it.

More volunteer Digital Champions are needed to help support people who are new to the internet and help them learn the basics when it comes to online browsing.

All volunteers need to be able to do is browse the internet, use search engines, send emails and complete online forms.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “There are lots of people who would like to be able to use the internet but don’t know where to start.

“With more and more services moving online, the internet is becoming a necessity for modern day life not a luxury.

“That’s why we want more people to sign-up to become Digital Champions – to help friends, family, neighbours and communities to realise the benefits of being online.”

She added: “Anyone can be a Digital Champion. You don’t have to be technically savvy, you just need patience and the ability to use the internet and to -get others to understand how it can make a difference to their lives.”

IT consultant Alan Smith (62) from Barlborough has already signed up to share his expertise.

He said: “I’ve worked in IT for many years but I understand that for some people the internet is completely baffling.

“The advantages of being able to use the internet are huge and I’m really passionate about it so I’m happy to do anything I can to help people get online.

“Whether it’s for browsing, online shopping, sending an email or online banking, the possibilities of the internet are endless and it’s really not that difficult once you know how.”

If you would like to get involved contact broadband@derbyshire.gov.uk or 01629 538243 for more information.

For more information about the Digital Derbyshire project visit www.digitalderbyshire.org.uk

 

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