Age UK Lambeth launches a programme to help older people get online
Published on 17 August 2022 01:55 PM
Age UK Lambeth has launched a new Digital Champion Programme to help older people in Lambeth who want to get online and learn how to use digital devices. Vital services such as banking, shopping and health services have become increasingly ‘digital first’ since the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are more than 3 million people aged 65 and over in the UK who do not use the internet 1, meaning there is a huge risk of older people being left behind.
The scheme, which is part of a wider Age UK Digital Champion Programme being run through local Age UKs across England and Wales, will provide digital training sessions to help those older people who want to learn how to get online. The sessions will be delivered by volunteer Digital Champions who will be trained to provide digital support to others. Those who take part in the programme will also be given access to loaned technology, allowing them to build their knowledge and practice their skills.
Bev Dela Cruz at Age UK Lambeth said: “We’re very excited to have launched the Age UK Digital Champion Programme here at Age UK Lambeth. A lack of digital skills and access to technology means many older people in our area are missing out on essential services and the opportunity to connect with loved ones. The programme will help ensure that those who want to get online are given the skills and training in order to do so.
“We’d encourage any older person in Lambeth who would like to get online to contact us to find out what digital support is available to them. We’re also looking for Digital Champion volunteers to deliver skills sessions to older people in their area, if you think you can help then please do get in touch.”
To sign up as a volunteer Digital Champion, please click here or contact our Volunteer Coordinator Isobel at firstname.lastname@example.org