Four new recruits have joined Superfast Dorset’s army of Digital Champions

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Four new recruits have joined Superfast Dorset’s army of Digital Champions.

Four new digital championsThe latest volunteers mean Dorset’s councils can offer help with computers, tablets, smartphones and getting online at even more locations across the county.

David Jones has over 30 years’ experience in IT and will be helping people at Charmouth library, near Lyme Regis.

He said: “I ran similar sessions in Wiltshire for some years before moving to Dorset. People really do get a lot out of it and I see it as a way of giving something back to help others now that I’m retired.”

Meanwhile John Howes will be providing free help at Sherborne Library.

He said: “Digital skills are useful in many aspects of modern-day life. I’m a bit of a computer buff and see this as an opportunity to help people who want to learn something new.”

“Being online has the potential to reduce isolation and could be life-enhancing for so many people.”

The four new faces join a network of 70 volunteers who run free, one-to-one computer help sessions in libraries and other venues across the county.

They can help with everything from switching on a computer and using the internet safely, to managing email and digital pictures. So far they have supported over 1339 people.

The latest research shows that there are still around 150,000 Dorset adults needing help with digital skills and 70,000 are offline completely.

If you would like help from a Digital Champion, call 01305 221048 and we will match you with a volunteer in your area.

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