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Free technology workshops!

Would you like to learn a little bit more about technology? About Wi-Fi, Alexa, Siri or Google, text relay or shopping online?

Then join our free technology workshop, which will run on four Mondays, starting Monday 13th September 2021.

For more information and details please see the poster below.

Do you need help with technology?

Do you need help with technology?

Or maybe you know someone, who would like to get connected virtually to their families, or take part in virtual activities, but they don’t know where to start? Or they don’t have a tablet to take part? Look no further! Visit our Tech to Community Connect project for more information on how we can help.

In short, this is how it works 👇

Help us name our bot!

We have been working away on a chatbot.

A chatbot is a kind of virtual assistant that can use artificial intelligence to help to find you the information you need. They can be used on an app, a website, on a smart speaker and on a phone or SMS system.

Eventually, our chatbot will be able to help you with all sorts of things, both the fun and the functional! For example, it will help with information about us (obviously), information about getting more active in Surrey, information and help with technology, information about what’s on in Surrey, information about mental health services, chit-chat about a range of subjects and much more!

To start with, our bot will be on our website, then it will be enabled on social media channels and then, finally, available through your Alexa device or Google smart speaker. We will launch the basic bot in the next week or two and will then ‘build out’ over the next year or so – so it will be constantly growing and getting better (and more clever!).

To start with though, we need a name (because our working name ‘Dave, the Coalition Bot’ is not the snappiest of titles!). Tell us your name suggestion using this survey link and we will put your name into a prize draw to win a £20 amazon voucher (entries close at the end of July and the winner will be notified in August)

Name the Coalition bot!

Become a tech angel!

Would you like to volunteer some of your free time to help people? Have a look at our volunteering opportunities page, who knows, maybe you will be one of our tech angels!

Bob, the Tech Angel

Bob is one of our brilliant volunteer Tech Angels! 

During lockdown, Bob has been using Team Viewer to provide remote support to work with people on the Tech to Community Connect project. 

Bob says

“I have some spare time and I wanted to give something back, being a Tech Angel is a rewarding way to volunteer.” 

The Tech to Community Connect project, helps people who are digitally excluded.  Digital exclusion has many different forms, for example, some of the people we work with do not have access to a device (so we lend them one), some of the people we work with need some help with their digital skills and/or confidence and we help them by matching them up with one of our volunteer Tech Angels. 

Our ‘matches’ then decide what their targets are, and the team work together on achieving these.  Some people want to learn how to shop online or to apply for a new bus pass, some people want to join a support group, book a GP appointment or use their computer for a medical appointment, others want to learn how to stream music and others just want to be able to google useful information.  

If you are interested in applying to become a Tech Angel volunteer, helping people in our community who are digitally excluded, please email getconnected@surreycoaltion.org.uk.  

We would love for you to join our team!