Digital Schemes

IT Buddies Scheme

People who need help using computers, the internet, tablets or phones can use the IT buddies scheme at libraries in the district.

Dedicated volunteers share their knowledge, answer questions and help local people improve their IT skills. 

This is about helping customers using the library with the skills and confidence building they need to get online, search for jobs, apply for jobs, write CVs, find a new home or save money on their bills. The volunteers are trained to help them provide one-to-one support to anyone wanting to develop their IT confidence and skills.

The scheme runs in all the libraries in the area - Sherburn, Selby and Tadcaster.

More volunteers are needed to help more people improve their skills. For more information about this or other roles call 0845 8727374, email libraries@northyorks.gov.uk or drop into your local library.

You may be asked to help support library staff at planned IT taster sessions or give one to one support to someone who lacks confidence in using a computer. This could involve setting up an email account, keyboard skills and internet searching.

You don’t need to have special skills or experience but you must have competent IT skills.

Digital Neighbours


Volunteers and support staff from community groups in the district can sign up for free training, which will give them the techniques and confidence to show others how to use the internet.

The Digital Neighbours scheme is a two phase project to equip volunteers with the skills and confidence to teach others within their peer group and beyond how to use computers, tablets and other digital technologies so those people can access channels like social media, price comparison and local government websites, online shopping or retail platforms.

Volunteers will be linked to established community groups or charities, for example, such as youth groups such as guides or scouts.

The project started last year. Completion of the first training phase of the project opens up a pathway to the second phase – which includes potential grant funding of up to £4,000 from North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities for digital peer-to-peer or community projects.

The Digital Neighbours training is provided by Selby Community Learning Partnership in association with North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities Programme and Adult Learning and Skills Service. 

The project is aiming to fund at least five projects spread across the Selby district, which are expected to launch later in 2017.

To find out more about the scheme register your interest by emailing Selby.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk.