DYW Digital Donator
NEoN is partnering with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), St Paul's Academy and their very proactive Computing Department. St. Paul’s Secondary School serves some of the most deprived areas of the east and west of Dundee city. During the lockdown, it became apparent to teachers and support staff that a number of their young people faced digital poverty and were unable to participate in online schooling or even connect with their school.
Image: St Paul's Academy pupils showcasing their Computing Department.
As part of our partnership, NEoN is donating old hardware to the school. The pupils can either use the hardware or if it is out of date can take it apart to see how all the components work. This is proving to be a huge success and is enhancing the pupil's digital skills and learning experience.
We aim to encourage this recycling relationship across many areas of the city, and NEoN is taking on the challenge to look into making this a much more comprehensive resource and support method.
Volunteer Digital Champion
NEoN is also promoting the importance of sharing the necessary computer skills to help people get online. As more services become digitised and as the online world gets more complicated, sharing basic knowledge about getting on and staying safe online can increase digital inclusion.
NEoN is a digital champion and is looking to develop a collaborative digital inclusion programme, by encouraging more people that can to become a volunteer Digital Champion. A volunteer Digital Champion is someone who supports family, friends, colleagues, customers or people in the community to enjoy all the benefits that having Essential Digital Skills can bring.
NEoNs Digital Charter
NEoN is a signatory of Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter and has been for the last 4 years. Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter encourages organisations to pledge their commitment to improving digital inclusion across Scotland.
Organisations that sign the Charter are asked to commit to the Charter’s five pledges and to contribute commitments of their own before being accepted as signatories.
NEoN is committed to:
Skill up: ensure staff and volunteers have the opportunity to develop essential digital skills.
Support staff: support staff and volunteers to help others learn essential digital skills and embrace digital tools.
Support Scotland: support the nation by contributing resources and practical support for Scotland wherever they can.
Know the Essentials: support a common language based on digital participation and essential digital skills to make our thinking and actions as clear as possible.
Come together: channel their efforts through the Digital Participation programme, so all activities and actions are coordinated and built on one another.
Currently, one in five people in Scotland lacks essential digital skills. These are the skills of communicating, handling information and content, transacting, problem-solving and being safe and legal online. This equips everyone to participate in modern day to day life fully. People are more likely not to have these skills are older, more impoverished and facing other forms of disadvantage. In order to tackle exclusion and inequalities, our work focuses on equipping everyone with these skills.
If you are interested in any of these ideas, please get in touch.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment strategy to better prepare young people for the world of work.
The employer-led Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups set up across Scotland are connecting employers with education. Find out how the Groups can support you to engage with education.
Image: NEoN Director, Donna Holford-Lovell with St Paul's Academy pupils from the National Progression Award class (NPAs), Mrs Little Head Teacher, Mr Christie and Mr Wallace of the Computing Department.