As part of #DMUlocal’s education project IT4Free, students share their computing knowledge with community members who wish to learn a variety of core IT skills.

The sessions are designed for community members with no prior experience of using a computer and aim to ensure participants are comfortable with basic skills that enable them to develop a passion for computing.

Held at Fosse Neighbourhood Centre, Woodgate Resources Centre and, most recently, the Highfields Centre, the sessions give students a chance to interact and give something back to the community, as well as gain valuable experience working with others.

Our volunteers provide:

  • Basic IT training
  • Basic social media training
  • One-to-one support for all residents taking part
  • Sessions lasting 2-3 hours over a 6-week period or drop-in sessions

To find out more about our classes and how to get involved, email or call +44 (0) 116 257 7102.

To volunteer, students do not need to be computer experts, but should have a sound understanding of basic IT skills and be dedicated and passionate about helping the community.

Students who sign up receive:

  • Free IT training
  • Transport to and from the volunteering or placement location when necessary
  • Ongoing support and assistance from the Square Mile team
  • Recognition in their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) when they graduate
  • DMU Square Mile certificate to support achievements (this can be obtained after completion of the student experience evaluation)

As well as providing an important community service, volunteers have the chance to improve their future career opportunities by enhancing their confidence, developing skills as IT trainers and connecting with the local community.

If you would like to take part in the IT4Free project, visit the DMU Square Mile website for further information about how to apply.

If you would like to get involved with another #DMUlocal project, click here.