Digital skills and inclusion
Scouts' Digital Skills tool is here to help you learn and manage your digital tasks
What is the Digital Skills tool?
Scouts' Digital Skills tool is an online hub that provides support and resources for volunteers who want to develop their skills and confidence in completing digital tasks. These tasks might include using the new adult membership system or more general digital tasks such as emailing, compiling spreadsheets or running video meetings
How can I use it?
The Digital Skills tool has a whole list of useful skills to learn to help you with your volunteering. You can choose a skill or find out which skills might help you by taking part in our Digital Skills quiz.
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What we mean by digital inclusion
At Scouts we support our great volunteers using digital tools, but we know that not everyone has access to digital devices or confidence using digital tools or services. There can be barriers of accessibility, connectivity, affordability and confidence in using digital services.
We want to support as many volunteers as possible to be part of this. Here is how we help.
What accessibility means
Accessibility means producing content and digital products that are usable for everyone, regardless of abilities, literacy or experience.
What we do
At Scouts we check our digital products against modern industry standards for usability. This includes adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Our services are being built to run really well on smartphones, the most commonly used digital devices in the UK. For Groups operating in areas of deprivation the availability of devices and connectivity may be a barrier. There are many local charities across the UK that support local good causes with repurposing devices and training volunteers.
There are also national charities that can support with grants and businesses that provide charity rates. Good Things Foundation supports charities with devices and training nationally. We will be signposting some of this support on the website. In many areas, Scout Counties and Districts have digital teams that can support local volunteers.