Elderly get online in Richmond


Age UK are holding sessions at Richmond Reference Library to get older people using the internet.


By Scott McWhinney

Older people are being encouraged to get online by Age UK.

Through initiatives like ITea and Biscuits they hope to help some of the 5.7 million over 65s start using technology.

Richmond Reference Library was participating in the scheme during the past week and a spokesperson said almost every session was full.

She added: “This year we extended the scheme to include Facebook and other social networks to get older people involved.”

Age UK also aim to create ‘Digital Champions’ who will share their knowledge with family and friends.

This is due to OFCOM statistics which show half of older people would prefer to learn IT skills from someone they know.

“I firmly believe you are never too old to get started with the web,” said Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion.

“The internet is a vital tool to help reduce isolation and ensure people stay independent for longer”.

Absolutely Fabulous star June Whitfield developed her IT skill over the week and has pledged to help others get online during the Give and Hour campaign in October.

She said: “I’m confident I can pass on my knowledge and help others to get online!”

For further information on Age UK’s Connect with IT programs call 0800 1696565 or visit

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