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Volunteers sought to help tackle digital divide
A new project is looking for volunteers across the East Midlands, particularly people who are currently unemployed, to train as Digital Activists and help local people to get to grips with new technology.
The Digital Activist Inclusion Network (DAIN) project was launched at a National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) hosted event - Tackling Technology Together - in Nottingham on Thursday 10 December 2009.
DAIN will operate in eight areas across the East Midlands and is aiming to deliver 200 community-based Information & Communication Technology (ICT) courses a year, designed to help widen participation in employment and learning.
Mary Moss, NIACE's lead on Digital Inclusion, said: "This project looks at approaches to digital inclusion and the role of volunteers. With the launch of Digital Britain and the development of the plan for National Digital Participation, this project will be able to contribute a great deal of practical experience of 'what works'. Our international partners are helping us to identify projects in Europe where similar initiatives have had significant social impact."
"We would like to hear from enthusiastic, unemployed people with experience of ICT, who can commit a few hours a week working with the WEA to deliver this project. Those with an interest can contact email@example.com or visit www.dainproject.org.uk for more information."
DAIN's third UK partner is the East Midlands Third Sector strategic body for the European Social Fund (CEFET). Its four international partners are led by Germany's Institute for Innovation in e-learning, Institut für Lern-Innovation.
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