Last year the WCIT Charity received an application from Age UK Bromley & Greenwich for funding towards their Digital Inclusion Project. This service supports older people to have the opportunity to have free taster courses for beginners and improvers in IT. The project is specifically aimed at those older people who do not currently use computers, internets, tablets or smart phones, so to encourage them to discover the benefits technology can offer. The service has many vital benefits which includes learning how to Skype and regularly speak with their families and friends, without costing the price of a telephone call and how to safely use a laptop, tablet, or smartphone online.
A recent beneficiary of this project is Miss M, who is an 85 year old woman who lives in Eltham. She is fit and active and decided to fearlessly face the world of IT and the internet. Miss M was very aware of social and practical pressures on those with limited technology skills and intended to learn how to use the internet to her benefit. She was aware that her local council has a website containing useful information regarding parking, recycling, council tax, etc., and was very keen to explore the website and any others that might be of benefit to her.
During Miss M’s taster session, she was shown how to keep safe online and also introduced to websites similar to Greenwich Council’s, including Gov.uk, which she found very useful. Since her taster session Miss M has already got an email address and now intends to find out more about using email.
As a result of taking part in this project Miss M purchased a laptop a few months ago and intends to make Fridays her ‘I.T. day’ and wants to continue learning about all aspects of computing that she finds interesting or practical. She is very keen to enrol on IT courses and attend any drop-in clubs run by Age UK Bromley & Greenwich in the future.
Age UK Bromley & Greenwich were able to deliver this service to support over 323 older people, like Miss M, across both of the boroughs during 2012/2013. With the support of the WCIT Charity they have been able to continue this service so older people can live later life as a more fulfilling experience, as well as tackling the issues of isolation and loneliness in the older generation.
Thank you to all the WCIT Charity Donors.