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Digital Champion Programme

Published on 30 May 2024 02:09 PM

Digital Champion Programme 2024-2025: Reducing digital exclusion amongst older people 

Digital technology is playing an increasing role in our lives, for many people, it is essential to the way they socialise, work, shop, manage their finances, access services, and get entertainment. However, not everyone is online, while others only use the internet in limited ways. 

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 2.7 million people over the age of 65 who are not online, with digital exclusion increasing with age. Not everyone who gets online stays online. As of 2022, almost 500,000 people aged 65 & over have used the internet in the past, but not recently. It has become more important than ever to consider the position of those who are not digitally engaged.

Age UK Sheffield is excited to announce that we received grant funding to support many older people in Sheffield facing digital exclusion. Over the next 18 months, through digital inclusion, we aim to ensure that people can use the internet to do things that benefit them daily. Being digitally included can help older people carry out the activities that matter most to them. It can help them stay connected with family and friends, find activities and support, access essential services, and remain socially connected. 

The program will involve over 300 volunteer participants over the next year and a half facilitated by 12 volunteers and our dedicated Digital outreach member. Sessions will be running in Sheffield communally or on a 1-to-1 basis if some members require it. These sessions will include topics such as “how to video call family members”, “how to shop online safely and confidently” “how to arrange online GP appointments” and so much more.  

To find out more about how you can get involved call or email  

Phone number: 0114 250 2850. 
Call us between the hours of 9 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.