A WEA East Midlands project which has been set up to close the 'digital divide' and encourage people into volunteering has been named as an example of good-practice as part of European Year of Volunteering 2011.
The WEA’s Digital Activist Inclusion Network (DAIN) has been chosen as one of two volunteering projects to represent the UK in the European Year of Volunteering Relay.
Reporter Jure Revec visits the WEA East Midland's DAIN project and meets two of the project's 'digital activists'.
The Relay is running as part of the European Union's programme to fund and promote volunteering projects.
WEA students on the DAIN project, recently hosted Jure Revec, one of twenty-seven volunteer journalists covering the selected projects across Europe
He visited a range of DAIN volunteer activities, spoke with volunteers and staff and recorded footage to create a short film which will appear on the Europe European Year of Volunteering website.
Andria Birch, WEA's DAIN Manager said: “We were delighted to be taking part in the relay and to have been given this opportunity to showcase the excellent work of volunteers in the DAIN project alongside that of other WEA volunteers within the East Midlands Region. Volunteers are an essential part of the WEA, so it’s great to celebrate and share their experiences and achievements with our European neighbours”.
DAIN is part-funded by the European Social Fund, and aims to help some of the four million people in the UK currently experiencing digital and social exclusion to begin to use digital technology.
DAIN volunteers help engage people who have not used computer technology before, ultimately helping to widen participation in employment and learning.
Find out more at the DAIN website or the DAIN blog.