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Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion

1 in 5 people in the UK don’t feel confident using digital technology. Older people often don’t feel confident using digital technology, don’t have affordable access to the internet, don’t know how to use the internet and digital equipment safely and comfortably. 

The Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2018 report promotes five essential digital skills:

1. Managing information – search for and save information.
2. Communicating – send emails, messages, post comments.
3. Transacting – shop online, buy and install apps.
4. Problem Solving – verify source of info, use online help
5. Creating – complete online forms, create online information.
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BJF Tea & Tech drop-in sessions 

Following on from the BJF Discover Digital project in 2022, Beth Johnson Foundation offer small Tea & Tech drop-in sessions led by our volunteer Digital Friends. The drop-in sessions take place once a month at Parkfield House and are free for older people living in our local community. Please see our events page for more details.

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. 

If you or someone you know may benefit from digital support or would like further information about BJF Discover Digital, please get in touch with us


“It’s reassuring that we can find support to learn new things”

Digital Friend Volunteers

Digital Friends are trained volunteers who provide friendly tech support and can offer individual support to people who are learning new digital skills. Our volunteers are not technical experts, they are befrienders who explain things in simple terms and support digital learning. Digital Friends help us to run our Tea & Tech drop-in sessions and provide 1-1 support to anyone that needs it. 

We are recruiting Digital Friend Volunteers, to find out more about volunteering with Beth Johnson Foundation please see our Volunteering Page 

Digital Champions

Beth Johnson Foundation are working together with Digital Champions in our local communities. Digital Champions are organisations and individuals who are working with people to support learning digital skills and growing digital confidence. Together we share information, resources and signposting to useful websites to help make sure older people are not left behind.

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Discover Digital was a partnership of organisations funded through the UK Community Renewal Fund through Stoke-on-Trent City Council.  It was set up to help people in Stoke-on-Trent to discover the things they need to help them access and use digital and online services. This website has been built by VAST as a legacy to the Discover Digital project and contains learning, resources and research that were developed during the project.

You can view the Discover Digital website by clicking on the image or following this link

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Beth Johnson Foundation are working in partnership with local Digital Champions to provide support, sharing information and resources.

You can view digital  resources by  North Midlands LGBT Older Peoples Group by clicking on the image or following this link 

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Beth Johnson Foundation are working in partnership with MHA to provide learning support, sharing information and resources.

You can view the MHA Digital Communities website by clicking on the image or following this link

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Call: Patsy Corcoran on 07770 016978 or send us a message – Contact Us

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