Digital technology has transformed our lives and is now central to things such as communications, work, public services, shopping and leisure. The Covid lockdown has increased our dependence on the internet and it is more important than ever that everyone has basic digital skills.
The Beth Johnson Foundation is working with partner organisations to develop an exciting new community based initiative to help older people aged 55 and over to use digital technology. You can find out more about the Discover Digital partnership on the VAST website: vast.org.uk/discover-digital
BJF Engagement Events
BJF will be running Digital Engagement Events for groups of older people either online or at local community venues in Stoke-on-Trent. Engagement Events will offer an introduction to the things you can do online, basic digital skills and how you can learn more. We will tell you about other learning opportunities available through Discover Digital and if you would like to have further individual one to one support we can link you with one of our Digital Friend volunteers.
If you already have a device such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop we can help you get to grips with using it.
Or if you are completely new to digital devices we can help you work out the many benefits that learning digital skills could bring and how to get started.
Grants are available to help groups, organisations and individuals to buy equipment or to fund internet access.
Digital Friend Volunteers
BJF is recruiting volunteers to become Digital Friends, to reach out to people over 55 in Stoke on Trent who may not have friends or family members to offer them digital support. Digital Friends will help us to run our Digital Engagement Events and provide one to one support to anyone that needs it.
Personal experience of using a digital device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer may be advantageous, but Digital Friends don’t need to be technical experts.
Digital Friends will need to have an email address, and some means of accessing the internet.
If you know someone who may benefit from digital support or would like further information about BJF Discover Digital, please contact Patsy Corcoran: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07770 016978