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Get-Digital: Roving Workshops in Waltham Forest

(London)

A series of roving workshops for older residents of the borough, designed to help older people learn about technology.

Our goals:

  • To support/encourage older people to live healthier and more active lives. Bringing people together in a supportive environment, where they can learn how to communicate with family/peers using email, skype and facetime to reduce isolation.
  • Inform and empower – demonstrating how technology can be used to access websites to promote independent living. Sessions will equip participants with skills and confidence to independently access technology and information.
  • Improved quality of life & less dependent on social services. Benefits will be • Reduction in the sense of isolation • A feeling of being "with it" • Using technology to communicate with others and to find information • having fun with technology
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How we will achieve our goals

The Award will fund project costs for workshops specially designed to introduce technology to those that have not yet taken the first step. Getting online can make a real difference to an older persons quality of life – staying in touch with friends; getting better deals on utilities and using Council services.

Where the money will go

The project with benefit people in Waltham forest by increasing knowledge and decreasing social isolation amongst local older adults, it will address the ‘digital divide’, and specifically improve older people’s knowledge of, and confidence in, new technology thus promoting independent living and wellbeing.

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  1. Posted on August 11, 2017

    A really important project for the older community

  2. Posted on August 11, 2017

    I have used the service and feel it is invaluable to older residents to be able to keep in touch with family and friends and, also, to feel capable of searching the internet for information etc.

  3. Posted on August 14, 2017

    I have attended the Digital Courses at Chingford Age UK and have found them extremely useful. I think that for older people, these courses are essential. More and more can be done on line: for example, booking train tickets, using IT to find out important information, making doctor’s appointments. I know of an 80 year old lady who plays on line Scrabble. Digital Courses help keep the brain active.

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