Building Digital Champions Networks Across the Public Sector

5 Reasons to Attend


In 2019, there were 4 million people in the UK who had never used the internet and with more services moving online following Covid-19, the gap between digitally included and digitally excluded members of society has widened further.

The creation of Digital Champions is now commonly regarded as a key and sustainable way to tackle the size and scale of digital exclusion, and the demand for digital champions is now higher than ever before. That’s why on 26th and 27th October, we are hosting a brand new conference, specifically focused on Building Digital Champions Networks Across the Public Sector. Below we take a closer look at some of the key learning outcomes from the day.

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Explore the importance of building a successful digital champions network

Digital Champions are a critical route to achieving digital inclusivity, but in order to implement them successfully and fulfil your organisational goals, you must understand their value. Emma Weston OBE, Chief Executive and Founder at Digital Unite, will explain why now is the time for digital champions, and be on hand to answer any questions you may have on what digital champions are, who can become one and how to successfully embed them into your team.

Assess how to place digital champions at the heart of your organisation

Building digital champions into your digital inclusion strategy is crucial to achieving inclusion and accessibility. Catherine Dearden, Digital Champion Coordinator at Citizens Online will offer practical insights into how you can place digital champions at the heart of your organisation and share how best to measure the impact of their work in ensuring digital and social inclusion.

Engage with expert speakers on what makes a ‘good’ digital champion

Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive of the Good Things Foundation will lead discussions on digital champions on a global scale. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss with her the ways in which digital champions can be a wide-reaching mechanism for change, and also gain practical insights into what makes a ‘good’ digital champion and why such characteristics are so important.

Gain best practice insights on recruiting volunteers and building your Digital Champions network

How can you ensure you recruit, support and retain the best volunteers to ensure they become passionate, impactful digital champions? Our expert panellists will draw upon their recent experiences in recruiting volunteers and successfully building their Digital Champions network. You’ll have the opportunity to ask them your questions on the role of hyperlocal volunteer networks, the impact of Covid-19 on volunteer recruitment and they’ll provide tools to help you build your own volunteer network.

Examine how to tackle age-related digital exclusion through digital champions

Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of increasing digital inclusion for older people. We have speakers confirmed from Carers Support Merton and Clear Community Web, who will discuss the various tools and techniques that they used to support older people develop their digital skills throughout the pandemic, the challenges they faced and how they overcame this through their Digital Champions Programme.