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Digital Mentors Project


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A presentation given to Shepway Pensioners Forum on Digital Inclusion and our mentoring programme. Email me if you want to download a copy. Thanks

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Digital Mentors Project

  1. 1. Digital Mentor Campaign Caroline Chambers May 2009
  2. 2. Communication has changed dramatically
  3. 3. Baby Boomer born 1946-1961
  4. 4. Generation X – Born 1961-1981
  5. 5. Generation Y – Born 1982-2000
  6. 6. And say hello to Generation C – Born 2000 onwards Cash not credit Creators Control Connected Channelled Creative Community “ Consumer 2.0” Communicators Charted
  7. 7. What is Social Media? <ul><li>Social Media is information content… intended to facilitate communications, and influence interaction between peers and with public audiences. </li></ul><ul><li>This is typically done via the internet and mobile communications networks. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ Social media is people having conversations online.”
  9. 9. • Blogs • Micro Blogs • Online Chat • RSS • Widgets • Social Networks • Social Bookmarks • Message Boards • Podcasts • Video Sharing Sites • Photo Sharing Sites • Virtual Worlds • Wikis (…to name just a few!) The conversations are powered by…
  10. 10. So what does that mean – and why should I care?
  11. 11. Understanding What the Web Can Do Volunteering & Events Buy & Sell NHS Choices Photos & Book Self Publishing Skype free calls Email friends Facebook, myspace, On line diaries Travel, Flights, Council Services Pay Bills & Banking
  12. 12. Is Everyone Doing It? <ul><li>On-line shoppers in the UK over Christmas 2008 spent £4.6 billion * </li></ul><ul><li>273,0000 DVLA car tax discs sold every week </li></ul><ul><li>10 million people – visited Twitter worldwide in Feb 09 </li></ul><ul><li> – 9 million signatures on petitions </li></ul><ul><li>93% of graduates under 70 are on line </li></ul>* Source – Cap Gemini E-Retail Sales Data Index
  13. 13. However…. <ul><li>25% of adults have NEVER used the internet </li></ul><ul><li>30% of households don’t have internet access – 49% in social class D/E </li></ul><ul><li>70% of over 65s have NEVER used the internet – 10 million citizens </li></ul>* * Source – ONS 2008
  14. 14. What are the Barriers Skills Motivation Access
  15. 15. What Are We Doing In Folkestone / Dover <ul><li>Digital mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting “those that can” with those that “need” </li></ul><ul><li>Providing laptops and internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying and signposting for future need </li></ul><ul><li>Improving lives, health and well-being and increased opportunities </li></ul>
  16. 16. Opportunities for Senior Forums <ul><li>Peer to Peer mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Launch at Silver Surfers Day – 15 th May </li></ul><ul><li>Get assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Try something new for your own forums </li></ul><ul><li>Information and Guidance for your members </li></ul>
  17. 17. Channel Chamber of Commerce with support from Awards for All and the East Kent and Coastal Primary Health Care Trust are offering a mentoring scheme to get more people in Folkestone on line. If you would like more information about help that is available please register for the Digital Mentors Programme with Channel Chamber on 01303 270022   “ I used to be terrified of computers, but after being shown how to get on line, I can now pay bills and keep in touch with my family – if I can do it anyone can” See the software we use at
  18. 18. Connect With Me carolinechamber The Channel Chamber Group Channel Chamber Training Famousatlast