Tref y Rhyg Primary School support local community in ‘Digital Fridays’ scheme
Digital Fridays provides a free drop in for anyone who needs support to get online or help to use their own devices. Digital Fridays runs simultaneously across Rhondda Cynon Taf in libraries and Communities First Offices between 10am-12pm every week.
Outline of Our Intervention
Tref y Rhyg Primary School was keen to get involved in the project at its local Digital Fridays venue at Capel Farm Resource Centre. The school brought along two of its Digital Champions to help and assist participants.
The pupils instantly took to their positions, providing support on a range of queries such as using a mouse, searching for videos on YouTube and setting up social media accounts. They have built up a great rapport with participants and staff alike.
Their teacher Mrs Hanson-Spure said “The boys look forward to attending the sessions and I feel proud that they are able to support individuals from the local community and empower them to use IT. Even though information may seem basic to the younger generation, the boys are very understanding to the individuals’ levels and needs.”
Impact of Our Intervention
The young pupils have grown over the weeks and they now have confidence approaching new participants to offer support. Whilst the idea was initially a pilot, the pupils have continued to attend and feedback tells us they enjoy it very much.
I feel proud because I was helping others use their gadgets in the community where I live!