There are over 100,000 people over 50 in Cheshire East and West who have never used the internet. And we all know that more and more services moved online during the pandemic from GP appointments to grocery deliveries to library services.
- We know there are several reasons why some people don’t go online:
- They don’t think it’s for them.
- They don’t think it’s safe.
- They don’t have support or have the correct kit.
- They think it’s too complicated.
- It’s just too expensive.
If this is you, you’re not alone! Age UK Cheshire wants to help you understand how useful it can be. We can help you stay safe, loan you kit if needed, support you and explore with how the internet can be accessed as inexpensively as possible.
Our 'Connect All' project shows you lots of different ways that the internet is useful and can help you stay connected with the world. We hope that it encourages you to think about taking the first steps online – and we’re here to help! If you already have a tablet and just don’t have the confidence to use it – give us a call! If you don’t have a tablet and would like to loan one from us free of charge – give us a call! We will then link you up with a volunteer who can support you, by telephone, in taking your first steps online and finding out about all that the internet has to offer.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please get in touch with Amy on: 01606 720 431 and we can discuss with you how best to help.
On the other hand, if you have an hour or so to spare each week and you're confident in your digital skills, why not get in touch and join our community of digital volunteers helping people across Cheshire to get online. Call Hazel on 01606 305 015 to hear how you can get involved.
To help people take their first step online we have created two different versions of our 'Connect' magazine.
We hope that the magazines will encourage you to get in touch with us, or other local organisations, to learn a bit more about getting online or improving your confidence and skills with being online.
Please let us know what you think about our 'Connect' magazines here...
Connect magazine was produced with the generous support of the Community Match Challenge Fund, a partnership between the Steve Morgan Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.