U Connect - Age UK Mid Devon
In these uncertain times, the digital world has become a vital lifeline for older people to stay connected to friends and family. Age UK Mid Devon wants to make sure older people have the confidence and know how to get online and feel empowered to make the most out of technology and the internet.
The over-fifties are the largest group of infrequent or non-users of the internet, with 4.2 million people over the age of sixty-five in the UK still never having been online. Research also suggests that those who are going online are not getting the most out of the internet, with online activity being restricted to fewer areas of interest and reduced access to services.
With simply an email address you can access the world of online exercise, learn a new skill, have a virtual consultation with your GP or get your shopping delivered to your home.
The internet opens a world of opportunities- to have regular contact with distant friends and family; share memories, photos, research hobbies and interests, make video calls, explore museums and galleries worldwide virtually.
So we want to help older people by providing Wi-Fi enabled tablets, or help them set up their own Wi-Fi and offering tailored training and support that meets their individual needs, provide reassurance about online security and through our online platform help people to create their own digital communities and build their social networks.