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Community life

See how you can get involved with your local area through our community centres and volunteering opportunities, plus discover how you could get a £5,000 grant for a community project. 

Community grants 

Find out how to get a grant of up to £5,000 for a community project. We fund a range of projects including those for young people or older people, projects that regenerate facilities, or those that provide access to training or courses.

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

Become a digital champion

As a volunteer digital champion, you’ll help people learn to use mobile phones, tablets and computers so they can benefit from the internet and access online services safely. It’s also a great way to meet people and develop your own skills.

Find out more about becoming a digital champion

Become an ambassador

See how our volunteer national ambassadors have had a real impact on policies and services while developing their own skills and experience.

Find out more about becoming an ambassador

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

See how our community centres are helping create thriving communities across the country, and find out 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 – 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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