We always think about helping others, but who is helping the helpers? Sponge, award-winning elearning provider, and Digital Unite, a social enterprise that inspires positive change through digital skills and specialises in the Digital Champion model, have launched a series of free mini courses to teach others how to be a connector.

The modules form part of Digital Unite's new Connect@Xmas campaign, designed to encourage those with digital skills and confidence to help those without. The campaign is running throughout the holiday season.

"Covid-19 has made digital connections more important than ever because normal social connections aren't normal. Digital technology and digital skills can't solve this, but they can help," said Emma Weston OBE, chief executive of Digital Unite.

"According to the Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2020, 78 per cent of people they spoke with say the covid-19 pandemic has escalated the need for digital skills, and 80 per cent say that using technology has been a vital support to them. We have launched a Christmas campaign to urge everyone who can use the Internet to help someone else who can’t, or who is lacking in confidence."

The Connect@xmas website (https://connect.digitalunite.com/) is full of ideas, learning and resources that are easy to use and can spark digital know-how that will last all year round.

Why help others get connected?

In the UK, 9 million people cannot use the Internet confidently on their own, and 11.7 million people do not have good enough digital skills for everyday life.

We all know someone who could use a helping hand with digital technology. Those of us already online can all do something to help. Despite covid-19 restrictions, we can be digitally connected to each other even if we cannot be together in person. And, being connected can enhance everyday life:

  • 87 per cent of those online say it helps them to connect better with friends and family
  • 44 per cent say it helps them to manage physical and mental well-being

How can you get involved?

Small acts can make big differences, so you can promote Connect@xmas at work, at home, through your networks - friends, family, professional. Visit the Connect@xmas website (https://connect.digitalunite.com/) to:

  • browse mini ‘How to be a Connector’ courses to get started helping others
  • use our Xmas Resources to spread festive digital fun online this Christmas and New year holiday period
  • share seasonal tips and ideas to get others connected and win £100!



About Digital Unite (www.digitalunite.com)

Digital Unite has been promoting digital inclusion through digital skills for more than 25 years. It supports organisations all over the UK to build digital skills capacity by building Digital Champion networks to develop and cascade those skills.

Digital Unite's Digital Champion learning platform won Bronze in the Innovation category of 2019 LPI Learning Awards. It also provides more than 400 free how-to technology guides online to learners wherever they are.

Connect@Xmas was developed with the support of National Lottery Community Fund. (Stats: Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2020)

About Sponge (www.spongelearning.com)

Sponge Learning was founded in 2004 by Louise Pasterfield. A leading custom digital learning provider, Sponge training solutions solve multiple business challenges, from risk and compliance to business transformation, people development and skills enhancement.

The company works with global brands across multiple sectors and industries including pharmaceutical, retail, manufacturing, finance, professional services and FMCG.

Recognised as a market leader, Sponge was named Learning Provider of the Year at 2019 LPI Learning Awards and won silver for Company of the Year at the 2018 Learning Technologies Awards.

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