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Borras Park School increased its community outreach with digital inclusion activities

Borras Park School in Wrexham has a close relationship with its local community but staff were looking for new opportunities to make links with community groups. The school’s IT Advisor, Lisa, heard about the Digital Heroes scheme and was keen for pupils to get involved.

As a result, children at the school now take part in intergenerational sessions where they can teach basic digital skills to older people.

With an active school council, eco committee and digital leaders programme, Borras Park School believes strongly in giving its children a chance to make a positive contribution to the local area.

Lisa, the IT Coordinator, knew that the children in her digital leaders programme had good skills and knowledge of technology, but she was keen that they learn about the barriers that prevent some people using the internet and understand how they could help people get online.

The children took part in Digital Heroes training delivered by DCW. They were asked about how much time they spent online and this was compared to children growing up 10 or 20 years ago. They were then able to think about people who are not online today, why this might be and what the impact is.

The children then had the opportunity to plan a session they could run for local people who are not online.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the training and the school is now working with a number of organisations in Wrexham and Flintshire which are keen to have the children support the development of digital skills in the community.