OLDER people charity, Age UK Solihull have launched a new Digital Champion Programme to help older people in the borough who want to get online and learn how to use digital devices.
Vital services such as banking, shopping and health services have become increasingly ‘digital first’ since the COVID-19 pandemic.
But there are more than 3 million people aged 65 and over in the UK who do not use the internet, meaning there is a huge risk of older people being left behind.
The scheme will provide digital training sessions to help those older people who want to learn how to get online.
The sessions will be delivered by volunteer Digital Champions who will be trained to provide digital support to others.
Those who take part in the programme will also be given access to loaned technology, allowing them to build their knowledge and practice their skills.
Support is free and tailored to each older person’s individual needs, and can help with online shopping, video calls, searching for information, accessing online learning, and downloading and using apps.
Age UK Solihull’s Volunteer Manager, Ashlee Young, said: “We’re very excited to have launched the Age UK Digital Champion Programme here at Age UK Solihull.
“A lack of digital skills and access to technology means many older people in our area are missing out on essential services and the opportunity to connect with loved ones. The programme will help ensure that those who want to get online are given the skills and training in order to do so.”
Please contact Ashlee Young on 07397 718 455 or [email protected] to sign up.