What is Re:Connect?
Re:Connect provides support to people, improving their digital literacy and enabling them to make positive use of the internet. We aim to increase peoples’ confidence, social connectedness and empower a healthy approach to all things digital. Read about Bruno, Betty and Bob and how our three step approach really mad a difference:
Bruno arrived in Edinburgh last year and has just got a room in a flat, after sleeping rough. He is determined to find a job and finds the people at Re:Connect have been very helpful showing him how to apply for jobs online. “It’s good to know that I can get to use one of the computers and enjoy a friendly chat at the same time”. He is feeling more positive about the future.
Betty has retired after working for the council. Her family live away and she was finding that time drags. She didn’t know how to change. She has been coming to Re:Connect for a few weeks and has found things to do in Edinburgh she never knew existed. She is enjoying getting out the house more and meeting new people.
Bob describes himself as middle aged. He is between jobs just now and money is tight. He wondered how to make his money go further. Colin (one of our super volunteers) seemed to know a few ways and helped Bob to save money on his electricity. He found the people at Re:Connect friendly and helpful
How to I get involved?
We have developed a network of organisations and community groups in Edinburgh that we work closely with. Our approach is informal, friendly and straightforward. You can come along to any of our “Digital Drop-Ins”.
We want everyone to have the opportunity to get the best from the internet, computers and digital devices (like phones & tablets). We know some people just don’t know where to start or want some friendly support to develop their skills. Our teams are ready to welcome you at a drop in near you and see how they can help.
Over a tea/coffee and a biscuit we can chat about the kinds of things that would help you in your life and then explore what the internet, computers and all things digital have to offer you. At your pace we can show you how to do the things you want to do. You’re welcome to drop in once or come back every week.
Are you interested in Digital Technology?
Do you have experience in Digital Technology and like teaching and helping others? Fill in the following form and we will contact you with further information on how to join our team.
What does volunteering involve?
If you’re interested in joining one of our teams and supporting other people, please do get in touch.
You will gain experience in supporting other people, of all ages and backgrounds.
You will learn about the internet and computers and encourage others to explore the potential of the internet and all things digital.
Benefits of being part of the project
Support you will receive
Volunteers will receive comprehensive support from People Know How including induction and orientation; support, supervision and access to attend training workshops.
NOTE: We will require volunteers to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.