Halifax Champions Digital Skills in First Libraries Partnership
In January 2016 Halifax teamed up with the Society of Chief Librarians to create a ‘first of its kind’ partnership aimed at helping the almost six million adults in the UK who have never used the internet to get online.
Over 2,000 Halifax members of staff, who have pledged to be Digital Champions, are available to boost the support of IT taster sessions run by libraries. The Digital Champions lend their help in addition to the current support provided through public libraries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The aim of the IT Taster sessions is to help people improve basic digital skills like getting online, sending emails, connecting with their families online or using social media for the first time. The sessions can be held either as part of a group or on a one-on-one basis and Halifax Digital Champions will be available to attend the libraries in support of the sessions.
Halifax is playing a vital role in Lloyds Banking Group’s broader push for financial and digital inclusion. Digital Champions are colleagues who pledge to improve the digital skills and financial capability of at least two individuals or organisations every year. There are over 2,000 Halifax Digital Champions and over 12,000 across the Group, with numbers growing all the time.
The partnership will go some way in helping the Group deliver its commitment, made within its 2015 Helping Britain Prosper Plan, that 20,000 Digital Champions will help people and organisations to improve their digital skills and financial capability by 2017. The Group is a proud founder partner of digital skills charity Go ON UK - which makes sure that communities and businesses are making the most of the internet.
Anyone interested in taking part in an IT Taster session should contact their local library. To find out your nearest library, please use the ‘Find a Library Website’.