- Report Date
- May 2020
In light of Covid-19, work is underway to move the Digital Ambassadors project to remote delivery. This is believed to be possible due to the fact that student volunteers no longer have assessments, therefore have time to fill. The need for training in foundation and essential digital skills is higher than ever, especially for members of the public who are shielding.
Anothe route that was explored in the early stage of the Covid-19 crisis was using current Digital Ambassadors' more specialist IT skills to help organisations adapt to online working, but the need for this ended up being much lower than expected. One current Digital Ambassador was put in touch with Bridgend Farmhouse to help them with their online provision, but their need ended up being more suited to a large, paid role.
Progress to date in terms of moving online
- 14 current Digital Ambassadors have expressed an interest in tutoring remotely.
- 6 Ambassadors have been put in touch with LEAD Scotland to deliver tutoring to their service users in retirement homes
- The SCVO's Connecting Scotland initiative (https://connecting.scot/for-organisations) has just been announced and we are trying to find out how to get our Digital Ambassadors to be some of their Digital Champions (no obvious route to register interest in offering support)
- The University has just funded some Community Grant projects (incuding with the Old Town Development Trust) where Digital Ambassadors will hopefully be able to be involved (including projects with the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, People Know How and Amina).