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Community life

See how you can get involved with your local area through our community centres and volunteering opportunities. Plus learn more about community project grants.

Community grants 

We can give grants of up to £5,000 for a project that benefits your community. We fund a range of initiatives, including those that:

  • regenerate facilities

  • provide access to training or courses

  • are suitable for older and younger people.

Find out more about community grants of up to £5,000

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Become a Digital Champion

As a volunteer Digital Champion, you’ll help teach local residents how to use mobile phones, tablets, and computers so they can access the internet and online services safely. It’s also a great way to meet new people and develop your own skills.

Find out more about becoming a Digital Champion

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Become a national ambassador

As a volunteer national ambassador you could make a real impact on policies and services across your local communities. You can also benefit from developing your jobs skills and experience.

Find out more about becoming an ambassador

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Being a national ambassador has been an amazing experience, and I’m now more confident in my day-to-day life.


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Community centres and activities

Take a look at how our community centres help to create thriving communities across the country. Plus, see how you can get involved in a range of social and educational activities.

Find out more about community centres and activities

For the first time in years I feel safe, stable and excited about finally putting down roots.


Amy’s Place resident

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Meet Hilary, our award-winning Digital Champion

Hilary is a Clarion resident who volunteers as a Digital Champion at one of our LiveSmart schemes for older people. In 2019, her outstanding efforts were recognised when she was crowned Clarion Futures Digital Champion of the Year. 

Hilary spends two days a week helping residents to get online and develop digital skills. She works with a range of residents, including people with sight impairments, epilepsy, arthritis, and depression.

Her calm, friendly manner gives learners the confidence to use new technologies on their own. This enables them to see how digital skills can enhance their lives – helping them to stay in touch with family members, as well as to use online services.

“Being online can make such a difference to people in so many ways. It’s been great going from a learner myself to being able to share my knowledge with others,” says Hilary.

Find out more about becoming a digital champion

Being online can make such a difference to people in so many ways.


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