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Help the people of Reading get online!

Support volunteers needed for Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in RG1

Are you a regular internet user who would like to help others? We are looking for Digital Champions to help get more people in Reading online.

In the digital age essential services are being increasingly accessed online, and those without the opportunity and skills to access online services will inevitably be at a disadvantage.  Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be supporting the council’s Digital Inclusion project, where volunteers will be helping at drop-in sessions to get more people online. We are looking for volunteers to work for a couple of hours each week, supporting computer users who are unfamiliar with using the internet and email. Volunteers will be working with visitors to help them get started with their own laptop, tablet or smartphone, or on the computer equipment supplied at the venue.

Volunteers will:

  • Enthuse people about using the internet
  • Show sites or services that meet their need

and help people to:

  • Send and receive email
  • Use a search engine
  • Browse the web

Generally volunteers will be expected to have basic computer skills and experience of using email and the internet for accessing online services. There will be an induction session for volunteers and some additional online training can be provided.

The project is based in Reading Central Library with additional sessions at other libraries and community venues around Reading, and we are constantly looking for new venues.  For more information on the project including a full calendar of events please visit www.go-reading.org.

Contact person firstname
David Neale,
Lastname
Their phone number?
0118 937 2273
Contact instructions?
Please email in the first instance, and tell David a bit about why you feel you could be involved.
Location address line 1
Central Library
Line 2
King's Road
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 3BQ

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Location description
Reading Central Library and community venues around Reading.
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
No
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMThu AMThu PMFri AMSat AM
Availability required
Any of these times
Date description
Sessions are at various times in libraries and community venues around Reading.
Additional timing details
Sessions generally last two hours.
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedKeen learnerPatientSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Some getting-started training will be provided, although familiarity with using email and internet will be a pre-requisite.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Support will be provided by the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers usually work in teams and give each other peer support if needed.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travelling expenses may be reimbursed by agreement.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
16
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
6
Opportunity added on
2 February 2017

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