We were recently granted $50,000 in funding from the Good Things Foundation and the Be Connected Network to enhance our digital inclusion strategy at Burnie Brae. The funding will be put towards the training of 80 digital mentor volunteers, who will assist clients to gain confidence online.
We have already successfully trained 45 digital mentors, but there is plenty of scope for people to register for a training session in February 2021, so if you enjoy connecting with others you may enjoy becoming a digital mentor.
It might surprise you to learn that one-quarter of Australians use the internet rarely or not at all.
Queensland is the third-lowest in the Australian digital inclusion index and most at risk are Australians who are; older, unemployed, living in a rural area, indigenous, living with a disability, or living on a low income.
Become a digital mentor!
You don’t need to be a computer guru! To support people to build their confidence and skills to use digital technology, you will require patience, enthusiasm and good listening skills. You will also need a basic understanding of the internet, how to use a range of devices, and have the skills to search online for the answer to things you don’t know. Being a digital mentor is about inspiring people to try using digital technology and supporting them through their first steps, using a computer, mobile devices and the internet.
What is involved?
The program involves 2x three-hour training sessions; one at the Burnie Brae Centre and the other via Zoom. Once trained, you can use your new skills in a volunteer capacity at Burnie Brae or help you to mentor family or friends.
If you are interested in registering for digital mentor training in February 2021, email: email@example.com, or phone (07) 3624 2110.