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Funding Scotland

Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Delivering support

How we deliver Digital Champion support has changed throughout the course of the pandemic.,Digital Champion Remote support A key challenge for Digital Champions during lockdown restrictions has,Normally, a Digital Champion would support someone with their digital skills face-to-face in a setting,If you’ve already covered the Foundation Digital Skills you can move onto Essential Digital Skills for,Digital skills support won’t always be separate from other things going on in a person’s life.

Engaging with a new learner

Before you start supporting someone to build their digital skills and confidence you will need to invest,Providing digital skills support should be informal and fun, rather than an IT skills lesson.,Digital Champion Build digital skills support into everyday interactions You can help people to build,This will allow you to focus your time on delivering skills support.,See our section on Foundation Skills: Accessibility.

Essential digital skills

Once your learner has mastered the Foundation Digital Skills and feels confident using their device you,A person should have Foundation Digital Skills before progressing to Essential Digital Skills.,Digital Champion Every year, Lloyds Bank publishes its Essential Digital Skills Report.,Skills for Life are a prerequisite for Skills for Work as they build the foundation.,Champion Guide.

Supporting Digital Champions

Now that you’ve recruited your Digital Champions it’s time to think about how you provide ongoing support,Peer support Create a network for your Digital Champions to share best practice and celebrate their wins,Here are some of our favourite online resources: Learn My Way by Good Things Foundation Microsoft 365,Usually, Digital Champions can advance through the different tiers based on how many people they support,Impact Stories Being able to quantify how many people have been supported by your Digital Champions is

User insight

These needs should guide your digital inclusion project.,Supporting someone to improve their digital skills will need you to explore their access to a device,It is important you check with everyone you support if they have foundation skills.,Essential digital skills for life There are five key digital skills that everyone needs to navigate daily,Once they learn that they’ll maybe want to learn other things.”John, Digital Champion, Fife Housing Group


Charity champion – Elaine McHugh (Beatson Cancer Charity) To create a fitting legacy in memory of her,Elaine said: “I feel so proud to win the Charity Champion category of the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards,A special commendation was also made in this category to Euan MacDonald from Euan’s Guide.,to increase the physical activity levels of children with Autism, improve their social and emotional skills,Demonstrating digital – Simon Community Scotland Despite a restructure, launching new services, merging

SCVO Impact Report 2022/23

Our highly-skilled IT team supported the SCVO team, clients based at home, in their own organisations,funded by SCVO, The Scottish Government, The National Lottery Community Fund and The William Grant Foundation,skills to support people through the cost of living crisis. 61,139 devices awarded 1,047 organisations,delivered as part of the Digital Lifelines Scotland programme 841 essential digital skills check-up,This set the foundations for January 2023 where all SCVO staff participated in a three-day programme

SCVO Impact Report 2021/22

We’ve grown and improved our services, championed the voluntary sector in many places, built partnerships,, as well as supporting voluntary organisations to be more digitally engaged themselves.,IT support and workspace Our highly-skilled IT team supported the SCVO team, clients based at home, in,funded by SCVO, The Scottish Government, The National Lottery Community Fund and The William Grant Foundation,skills.


In 2018, the team took their Digital Orchestra to Singapore to perform on the international stage for,Leading Light: Toni Giugliano - Mental Health Foundation Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography Toni co-ordinated,Charity Champion: Laura Reid - Support in Mind Scotland Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography Laura’s,rights, belonging and believing in people inspired her to join the board at 17 and it continues to guide,Demonstrating Digital: ENABLE Scotland ENABLEMe is a free assisted travel app, designed to support individuals

SCVO consultation response to the Scottish Government's Resource Spending Review

Question 1: the priorities to guide the spending review process Meeting child poverty targets, addressing,Digital inclusion The voluntary sector is working tirelessly to tackle digital exclusion to help us balance,Our organisations can provide the vital economic infrastructure – childcare, active-travel, digital skills,terms that provide appropriate inflationary uplifts and contributions to core operating costs that set foundations,We champion the sector, provide services, and debate big issues.

Our work to help organisations grow their digital capacity is supported by: