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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Bourne Digital Team

Bourne Digital Christmas

Places are still available for January 2021

With Christmas just a few weeks away, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge Thank You to all our partners, guest speakers, digital champions and clients who have supported, been a part of and championed the Bourne Digital project through a very tough but hugely rewarding 2020.  To you all, have a Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year.

Thanks to Bournemouth Library we have been able to continue supporting our clients throughout the last lockdown. So even if there is another one in the spring, we will still be able to enrol clients and continue to support them.

Wednesday 8th December marks the end of the second Bourne Digital group, and we say goodbye to them as they move on to their next challenge.

New to this set of leavers, and every group moving forward, is the addition of USB memory sticks that clients can keep, which will hold the CV they have created on our course and several documents with further advice, services and organisations they can refer back to.

We have seen encouraging results from the two courses to date, including:

  • 100% of clients improved their digital confidence
  • 100% of clients rated their online safety awareness as now “confident” or “very confident”

You can see an infographic of Group 2’s achievements here.

Additionally, we have received some great client feedback, including:

“Made a huge difference. I can contact people. Check day to day emails and reply to them. I can keep on top of things including doing online prescriptions to the doctors.”

And our current favourite client quote to date:

“Using a computer is not that scary.”

If you’d like to read more about how three of the Group 2 clients got on, you can read their stories here.

Our next two groups are due to start on 20thJanuary and 8th February and if you would like to refer a client to us, here is a recap of who we are looking for:

Lives in Bournemouth (BH1-BH11) - we can take clients from Poole and Christchurch if they meet all the other criteria and are willing to travel to Bournemouth Library for face-to-face appointments. There is a small amount of funding available to cover mileage, car parking and bus fares if needed. 

 Aged 19 to 65 years

Unemployed, and looking for work or underemployed and have the right to live and work in the UK.

 Have no or exceptionally low digital skills and no digital device at home*.

*We can support clients who have low digital skills but do have a device, however, priority is given to those without.

If you know of anyone with no, or exceptionally low digital/computer skills and would like to join our course, you can contact us by calling 01202 677557 to arrange a call back. 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. Clients who do not meet the project criteria will be referred to a National Careers Service appointment or to one of our partners for further support.

If you would like us to talk to your team or clients about the project, please do not hesitate to let a member of the team know.