Volunteering as a Digital Champion
An inspirational course which will help adults to use and develop their digital skills, to be confident and effective digital volunteers. The course includes exploring the role of the digital volunteer, developing good communication and interpersonal skills and an understanding of issues of equality and diversity, confidentiality and safeguarding.
Additional information about this course
A basic knowledge of ICT is needed
To equip adults with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to be an effective volunteer Digital Champion
Who is the course for?
A basic knowledge of ICT is needed.
What topics will this course cover
Week 1 - Welcome, enrolment, role of the volunteer, skills and strengths, active listening skills, tip of the week Week 2 - Wecome, communication skills, tip of the week Week 3 - Confidentiality, Health and Safety, tip of the week Week 4 - Assertiveness, challenging assumptions, tip of the week Week 5 - Equality and Diversity, tip of the week Week 6 - Safequarding, tip of the week Week 7 - Practical hands on session, plus visitors who will support you as a volunteer
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
Describe how personal skills, strengths and interests can be used when working as a digital champion Explain some of the responsibilities to be taken and procedures to be followed as a digital champion Describe 3 examples of equality and diversity good practice when working as a digital volunteer Identify 3 ways of improving listening and communication skills Demonstrate improved confidence when working as or preparing to work as a digital champion
How will I know I'm making progress?
You will be given verbal feedback throughout each session and your learning will be checked by the achievement of the course activities. You will have an individual learning plan (ILP) to help you identify your starting point and monitor your own progress. At the midway point and the end of the course you will reflect on and evaluate your learning experience. You will receive written feedback from the tutor on your ILP and any submitted homework about your progress and achievement.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
You will need to have basic IT skills It would be useful if you can bring a pen, note paper and a folder for your hand outs.
Reading and information sources
Not necessary but if you would like to look up opportunities - www.rotherfed.org.uk www.do-it.org.uk www.gov.uk/volunteering www.wea.org.uk Local council for voluntary services website and local volunteer centre website and leaflets Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR)
What could the course lead to?
L1/L2 Functional Skills, Maths or English or ESOL Further confidence building/assertiveness /presentation courses Undertake work as a volunteer or take on further responsibilities in our current volunteering role Further WEA courses - Tutor to supply information at next steps section of final course session Course organised by local voluntary organisations and voluntary services