Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £6369
Our objective is to continue to deliver face-to-face educational sessions tailored for older individuals. The primary aim is to equip them with the knowledge and confidence to safely navigate the internet. It's evident that older people, being less familiar with the internet, often harbor fears stemming from tales of scams, hacks, or personal negative experiences, amplifying their risk of social isolation. Our mission is to empower them, combat their isolation, enhance social engagement, and mitigate mental health challenges associated with loneliness and limited accessibility. The internet offers a fantastic means to stay connected, but it comes with risks. Thus, we believe in providing the right education to ensure safe navigation through the virtual world. Our key themes remain the same: fundamental internet usage (information, social networking, online tasks), password security, device/app updates, anti-virus software, social media management, and data backup. By imparting these crucial skills, we aspire to make the digital realm less daunting for older individuals, enabling them to embrace the internet's potential while minimising risks. The feedback from last year has been amazing. And, we know we need to keep offering this valuable service, opening it up to a wider audience.