Just a quick post for those who are interested in the digital mentor role which was mooted in the Communities in Control white paper. There has been a terrific response in the comments on my post on the subject, from people in the third sector, local government, education and a few interested individuals too. Thanks to all for those.
The questions that are being asked go right to the core of the issues:
- Who are the digital mentors supposed to be? Volunteers? Local government officers? Paid individuals? Charity groups?
- What are they meant to do? Is it just around upskilling people in digital media – or is there a role to connecting people to local services and democratic engagement online too?
- How are they meant to achieve this – through online training, workshops, or printed stuff? How will it be paid for?
- When are the digital mentors to start working?
- Where will the pilots be?
I have started making a few enquiries to find out who knows what about the development of the role, and to see if there is some way we can all have an input into the process. If anybody has any ideas, do leave them in the comments here.