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Welcome to the Digital Champions

Bourne Digital welcomes its first group of Digital Champions.

The Bourne Digital 12-week online Digital Confidence-Building course has gotten off to an incredible start, partly down to our enthusiastic Digital Champion volunteers, who have been sourced by our partners Routes to Inclusion.

Here is a Q&A to help you understand how the Digital Champions work alongside the Bourne Digital 12-week online Digital Confidence-Building course and what it involves.

What is the purpose of the Digital Champions?

The purpose of the Digital Champion is to support a set number of clients through the 12-week course on a 1:1 basis. This is done with each client via a video call, once per week at a pre-scheduled time.

How much time does the Digital Champion spend with each client?

The Digital Champion can spend up to 1 hour each week with each individual client.

How many clients does a Digital Champion support?

As many or as few as they want. The Digital Champions are all volunteers, so it depends on how much time they want to give. On average it is 3-5 clients per Digital Champion, per week.

What will a client learn with a Digital Champion?

The Digital Champions will help clients answer any questions based around each lesson they have undertaken, and they will also help clients work through a personal development plan, which are other digital/computer-based items not in the course, but the client has identified they need further help with.

Who are the new Digital Champions?

DC Mike

Mike spent many years in the software business before ending up training professionals across the world in project management and leadership.

He is now retired, with a good practical understanding of both Windows and Apple operating systems.

His passion is helping non-technical people to get personal value from the Internet. He tries not to be a geek and enjoys the challenge of explaining complex technology in simple terms.

He is a volunteer Digital Champion with Dorset Council, and, in the days before the Corona Pandemic, regularly ran support sessions in Dorchester and Weymouth Libraries and the Puddletown Surgery.

DC Tony

Tony modestly calls himself a “qualified amateur” with computers, but rebuilds them as a hobby, and his strengths are PC diagnostics and repair, Microsoft Windows, Office, and Android. 

As well as being part of the volunteer Digital Champion programme, he also volunteers for Ability Net (a charity that helps disabled and older people with computers in their homes) and is the computing trouble-shooter amongst his friends and family. He was a first responder and is still involved with this in a support and fundraising role, along with other various groups providing first aid support for charity events. He is also a qualified HeartStart Instructor.

He does all of this as his chance to give something back to the community.

DC Geoff

Geoff is keen on all things digital and having attended a computer course in 1980 to learn about components in a PC & how to build PCs and went on to be a semi-professional system builder. He is avid about keeping up with changing and developing technology and has been a digital trouble-shooter for the learning centre in Sturminster Newton for six years, helping anyone with problems around PCs, phones & tablets, as well as introducing them to modern technology.

Geoff became a Digital Champion six years ago and has lost count of the number of people he has helped and is looking forward to helping leaners in Bournemouth with all manner of digital skills, included employability digital skills.

How can I be a part of the Bourne Digital 12-week online Digital Confidence-Building course?

You can contact Bourne Digital by calling 01202 677557 to arrange an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Before clients are accepted on the course, they will be asked to take part in a phone assessment, to gauge their suitability for the programme.