Later Lives Connected is an exciting new project by Age UK Barrow & District to support digital inclusion in older people.
This will include lending devices to people, giving one to one training and to create a safe environment for older people to use digital technology.
What is Digital Inclusion?
“Digital inclusion is the ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies.”
Government research identifies four main kinds of challenges that people face, stopping them going online:
- Access - the ability to actually go online and connect to the internet
- Skills - to be able to use the internet
- Motivation - knowing the reasons why using the internet is a good thing
- Trust - a fear of crime, or not knowing where to start to go online
Our project aims to help older adults find their way around the digital landscape, to be more engaged with digital technology and use that technology to help them feel less isolated.
The first step on your digital journey might well be the need of some technology. With this in mind Age UK Barrow & District have a number of tablet devices, fitted with 4G internet connection so we can help you get online. Popular apps will be preloaded onto the devices and you will be shown how to work it.
If you have access to a digital device the next step is to know how to get the best from it. Digital technology can change rapidly and it is important to keep up with these changes. Age UK Barrow & District have a group of Digital Champions that are there to help you.
One of the best things about digital technology is the ability to be in touch with friends and family. Using social media and apps like Zoom you can have get togethers, do classes online and even do excercise with others.
If you are interested in joining our online sessions but are a little nervous let us know and we can help you get going.
Sometimes all you need is a little guide to remind you how to do something. With this in mind Age UK Barrow & District are creating a number of how to guides and will be working with partners to help older people get the most out of apps such like MyGP and filling in forms online.