Click & connect
As the effects of the pandemic continue to hit communities across the county, reliance on technology and digital communication has never been more evident. Accessing information and services via a variety of digital platforms, has become the new ‘norm’. Sadly though, this is not the case for everyone. An increasing number of people are isolated and identified as ‘digitally excluded’ – unable or unsure of where and how to access advice and support online.
One organisation helping to tackle the problem and close the digital divide is Nottinghamshire-based charity Newark and Sherwood CVS. Since the start of the pandemic, the organisation has been testing new ways of providing support and delivering its core services to beneficiaries, including online video support, pop-up volunteering clinics, telephone services and digital training.
The organisation has also launched a brand-new website, which they hope will provide a hub of information and advice, and connect people to the support they need. The website features training resources, useful links and a ‘virtual Volunteer Centre’, where visitors to the site can book an appointment, search for local volunteering roles, and learn more about volunteering.
Chief Officer Madeleine O’Sullivan said: “The new website has been developed in response to the needs of our clients and local community, and we hope it will help to improve access to information and support during these difficult times. We plan to continue developing the site, adding new and interactive features, online resources and learning tools.”
See the website at www.nandscvs.org. For more information you can contact Newark and Sherwood CVS on 01636 679539 or email email@example.com.