Age UK Isle of Wight are part of the Age UK Digital Champion Programme:
Helping older people to get online, feel less lonely, and get the most out of life.
Nigel, Age UK Isle of Wight, Digital Champion (Volunteer)
Nigel lives on the Isle of Wight with his wife, having moved to the island over 25 years ago to run a software company. After retiring in 2020, he wanted to use his free time to give back to a charity where he could use his digital skills to benefit the lives of others. Having been a Samaritan Listener for ten years, Nigel was only too aware of how isolating and lonely life can be and could see the huge benefit of teaching people how useful digital skills can be to reduce loneliness and isolation.
Nigel says, “It’s not just about visiting people's homes to explain the technology or solve a problem; more than half the time with a client is spent listening to their stories, experiences and issues they may be facing.”
Nigel is very confident with digital technology and can support older people with even the most difficult of tasks. His focus is 1:1 home visits, however he also supports with group workshops whenever he can. Nigel enjoys his role as a Digital Champion. He finds it very satisfying to be able to support an older person and see the ‘twinkle in their eyes’ when they learn and understand something new.
“I’m proud to be a part of the team and feel valued for the time I give supporting our clients. It’s not just about the technology for me; I meet some very interesting clients who all have a story to tell” - Nigel
Shephard and Moyes Digital Support Feedback Survey 2023
A total of 103 people completed this survey in November 2023 and answered questions about our digital inclusion services.