Good Things Foundation has been working with Lloyds Banking Group to train their staff as Digital Champions and give them the opportunity to volunteer at local Online Centres. Group Telephony Manager Matt Shimmans is one Digital Champion who’s been making a real difference in his community.
In partnership, Good Things Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group have developed a training course supporting Lloyds staff to become Digital Champions, so champions can find opportunities within the Online Centres Network, volunteering at centres up and down the country to teach people digital skills.
Matt Shimmans is one such Digital Champion who’s taken his volunteering to the next level.
Matt explains: “I became a Digital Champion after I saw the sign-up on our intranet. I was very keen to use the volunteer hours the Group allows us and the scheme offered a great way of doing so within my own community.”
Matt started volunteering at local Online Centre IT Junction in Adur, where people from the local area can go to learn basic digital skills, such as emailing, and important life skills, such as looking for work.
Not long after Matt started, the main volunteer at IT Junction moved on to full-time employment and Matt jumped at the opportunity to take on the role.
He says: “I’m now the primary contact for Leigh-Anna Barber, who manages the IT Junction Online Centre as part of the Communities and Wellbeing Team at Adur and Worthing Council. It’s extremely rewarding and it gives a sense of appreciation that I’m lucky to have grown up in a digital world. Before this, I really took that knowledge for granted.