Discovering ancestors with Cornwall Library Service

Cornwall Library Service has held a series of fun and friendly sessions to inspire and support off-liners.

Family history sessions in Helston, Fowey, St Austell and Saltash and Camborne libraries have helped encourage internet beginners to go online to uncover more about their relatives, making it really easy for them to find out if they’re connected to kings, related to bakers or have a ‘black sheep’ in the family.  So far, 10 learners have discovered an amazing 115 new additions to their family trees.  The sessions have also encouraged learners to discover more about what they can do on the

The Open University

The Open University (OU) officially partnered with Race Online 2012 in February 2011 and since then, has made every effort to raise the profile of the campaign and to inspire digital champions.

In May/June 2011 the University launched a competition on its community website, ‘The Platform’, which asked entrants to comment on what they are doing and planning to do to help someone online; to vote in their poll to say “yes, I want to be a digital champion”; to join Race Online 2012 on Platform; and to join the digital champion network. The competition article has been read almost

Age UK Devon

With the number of over 50s in Devon set to rise by 14.5{a5b7970aed6bc6c43cc2e7d6e3c429d137483f4158e62a10a211b4ee5d30f265} (over 358,000) by 2016, it’s imperative that older people are supported to gain the necessary skills to benefit from the internet.


The largest independent charity in the county, Age UK Devon, is working independently to support older people and is a great example of a charity that’s helping people shop, find important health information and keep in touch with family and friends online, whatever their age. And now, thanks to IT tutor, Dave Howe, it’s inspiring internet beginners nationally. As one of Age UK’s Internet Champions

NHS Choices

With more than 100 million visits a year, NHS Choices is empowering and supporting people to better access health info and manage their healthcare online.


Saving the NHS an estimated £44m a year, if more people managed their health online, this could jump to between £2bn and £5bn.

Through regularly featuring web-banners on its homepage and in stories in its newsletters (which go out to 130,000 people every month!), NHS Choices has been promoting the health benefits of being online and asking Choices users to become digital champions. Employees have also been encouraged to become digital champions and to

BBC First Click Friends

The BBC reaches 97{a5b7970aed6bc6c43cc2e7d6e3c429d137483f4158e62a10a211b4ee5d30f265} of the UK population every week and its First Click campaign, launched last autumn to inspire over 55′s who have never been online to give it a go, has already helped over 100,000 people go online for the first time!

Speaking at the national Go ON ND11 conference in May, Director General Mark Thompson, re-affirmed the BBC’s commitment to helping the whole of the UK benefit from being online, saying, “I don’t believe there will be a more important part of the BBC’s learning mission over the coming years than full-blooded support for the campaign to

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer fully support the goals of Race Online 2012 and is on track to help engage and support its customers, staff, and stakeholders to take full advantage of the benefits of the net.


So far, all 75,000 M&S staff have been offered the opportunity to use their paid volunteer day to assist charities supporting older and socially disadvantaged individuals with online training. Current updates to the M&S Plan A website will also include details of the Race Online 2012 campaign to encourage and engage M&S customers to get involved and help pass on their IT skills.


Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, with its 3653 secondary schools, 457 special schools and 600 primary schools, is playing an extremely important role in helping to achieve a networked nation.

Through its national community conference, for which Martha delivered a keynote speech, the SSAT has encouraged secondary, primary and special schools that are SSAT members to recruit digital champions among their staff, students and parents to support family, friends and the wider community to take their first steps online. The SSAT has also, through its communications to schools, encouraged members to engage with Race Online 2012.

Future plans include encouraging

WSI Digital Marketing

With over 30 years’ business and IT experience, Anthony, 57, from Etchingham decided to give something back to his community by deploying his IT skills.

Realising that his valuable handiness on a PC could help others, Anthony is running workshops for internet beginners’ in his village. “My inspiration comes from being able to give back to my local community,” he says, “and demand has been fantastic!” Sessions so far have already helped 20 people get online for the first time!

According to Anthony, “there are many folk who, due to rural location, age, lack of mobility or opportunity, or no-one

Youth Action

With over 5,000 members in Lancashire, Youth Action is an independent organisation working with young people aged 18-24 to build skills, abilities and confidence and to help them give something back to the community.


With great success, young champs have been passing on their skills to internet beginners.Involved at every stage, they’ve been inspiring locals and putting up promotional posters. 1:1 sessions are now being held daily; adapted according to the individual motivations and needs of the learner, while complete beginners’ are covering basics, including how to use a mouse and keyboard. Others are learning how to search for