Digital Skills Training Update

Advice NI’s fantastic Digi Volunteers are currently busy delivering community based digital skills training courses. These five week courses are especially for older people who know a little about the internet for example, are able to independently browse online and wish to further develop their skills.

The sessions cover topics like Being a Savvy internet user, How to stay safe online, Using cost comparison websites and other online tools, Shopping online and Banking online. The courses are being delivered in settings such as supported living schemes, or groups such as Men’s Sheds.  This OFCOM funded programme is being rolled out across the following council areas until February 2024 – Belfast City Council; Derry City and Strabane District Council; Fermanagh and Omagh District Council; Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.  

Advice NI has teamed up with SENAC (Special Education Needs Advice Centre) to offer a digital skills programmes for parents of children with additional needs. The course which is facilitated by Advice NI volunteers started in mid-September and will run for 10 weeks. Parents are provided with a digital device which they get to keep once the course is completed. Topics covered include - Using the Internet and online safety, Carers Benefits and Children’s DLA, Special Educational Needs System and rights and Navigating the SEN system online and EA website. This is the second programme of its kind due to the success of the first programme. Our brilliant volunteers will deliver a third programme which is being planned for the New Year and this will be delivered online.

For more information on volunteering please contact Laura McDonald or for information on Digital programmes please contact Anne Rice.