Groups offered grants via Digital Neighbours scheme

The Digital Neighbours scheme will help more people gain new skills and to get online.
The Digital Neighbours scheme will help more people gain new skills and to get online.

Community-based groups in the Whitby area are being offered free volunteer training and a chance to access a grant of up to £4,000 to help more people gain the skills to be able to get online.

The Digital Neighbours scheme, to be launched at a series of information sessions in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey next month, is split into two parts, with the first element aimed at community groups and organisations that want to equip their volunteers with new skills so they can then teach others how to go online and use the internet. Paid support staff associated with voluntary or community groups may also be eligible to participate.

By completing the training, volunteers then unlock access to the second phase which gives the organisation they represent the opportunity – if they wish – to apply for funding so they can deliver their own unique project to help people use the internet, which utilises the new skills learnt by the volunteers associated with their group.

The Digital Neighbours scheme is a collaboration between North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities, Adult Learning and Skills Service and Scarborough Borough Council, through the Digital Inclusion Partnership, set up in April last year.

Borough councillor, Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, chair of the partnership, said: “The Digital Neighbours scheme we’ve developed is collaboration and partnership working at its best and shows how highly valued the community and voluntary sector is in the Scarborough Borough.

“With the right mentoring and resources behind them, we believe community and voluntary groups can play an even greater role in helping more people gain the right skills to be able to go online and make the most of the internet to enrich their lives.”

Representatives from groups which are part of the community and voluntary sector in the Borough are invited to attend one of three information sessions at the Evron Centre in John Street, Filey on Tuesday 19 April from 10am to 11am; The Coliseum in Victoria Place, Whitby on Wednesday 20 April from 2pm to 3pm; and at Castle House in Elder’s Street in Scarborough from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday 21 April.

Email scarborough.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk to make sure of your places.