Digital Buddies is a new ‘social connection’ and support project organised by Salford Foundation in Salford and Trafford as part of their COVID-19 response. They are linking people in these communities to trained young people to help with any digital and tech issues they may be having, as well as to have a chat and form a friendship in these isolating times.
Digital Buddies is a new social connection and support project which helps people who are struggling to use their phone or tablet to communicate well. It helps them stay connected with family and friends. They also aim to help combat loneliness through regular phone calls from our digital volunteers.
It does this by linking them with trained young people who can provide remote one-to-one support, whether it be for a digital challenge or just a general chat.
How does ‘Digital Buddies’ work?
Young people register as volunteers with Salford Foundation. They get access to an online resource bank and undertake an interactive training module. Partner organisations in the City and members of the public make a ‘Request for Help’ referral for people who need this support. Salford Foundation matches the person needing support to their ‘digital buddy.’ The buddy contacts them to offer support. The support is totally bespoke. Whatever particular digital support the person needs to get them functioning online effectively is what they get. Salford Foundation monitors the relationship to make sure it’s safe and healthy for everyone involved.
If you know someone who would like to take part in the programme, or you need it yourself, please fill in the simple ‘Request for Help’ form by either using the form here: https://forms.gle/1b2922MwpMRN4ZnZ8 or by downloading the form below and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to become a Digital Buddy or think you could provide other support, please contact email@example.com.