Age UK Digital Inclusion Network – August Meeting and Teams Group

Find out how to join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network, including the Microsoft Teams group and their upcoming meeting on Tuesday 17th August.

Currently standing at over 50 members, the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network hopes to promote network learning and the development of Digital Inclusion support services for older people, through bi-monthly network meetings and a Microsoft Teams group, where partners can share knowledge and troubleshoot. Our next Digital Inclusion Network meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th August from 10:00-11:30am and will focus on fundraising for your digital inclusion services. Find out full details below, including how to sign up for the Digital Inclusion Network, the Teams Group, and the next meeting.

Both the Teams group and the network meetings are open to staff representatives who are responsible for overseeing the development and/or delivery of their local Digital Inclusion support services. You don’t need to be an expert to join, but you do need to be passionate about the importance of digital skills support for older people. The group will be joined, and meetings attended, by network partners who might just be starting out, those who have been delivering these services recently during the pandemic, and those who have a long history of delivery of Digital Inclusion support services.

We’ve already had our first Digital Inclusion Network meeting, but we’re keen to make these available to as many teams across the network as possible. Our next Digital Inclusion Network meeting will focus on fundraising for your digital inclusion services, and will take place on Tuesday 17th August 10:00-11:30am. The meetings are co-facilitated by Age UK and network representatives. By joining the Microsoft Teams group for the Digital Inclusion Network, you will also receive access to the bi-monthly meeting invites which will be hosted on Teams.

If you would like to join the Digital Inclusion Network, want to sign up for our next meeting, or have any questions about getting involved, please email servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk with your local Age UK/Cymru name and role.

Think Digital webpage and Phase 1 executive summary now live

The Think Digital Programme now has a dedicated webpage on the Age UK website with infographics, testimonials, and executive summary and more!

Funded by Santander, the Think Digital Programme was set up in 2020 to engage, inspire, and support people aged 50 and over to develop their digital skills. Age UK have been working with five local Age UK and Age Cymru partners (Age Cymru Dyfed, Age Cymru Gwent, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, and Age UK South Lakeland). Each partner recruited, trained and supported Digital Champions to raise awareness about the benefits of digital, and to provide 1:1 support to older people at risk of digital exclusion in their community.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the delivery model was redesigned to a mainly remote model, which led to some great learnings! Please check out the brand new Think Digital webpage on the Age UK website – which includes detail on the project, infographics, testimonials, and the Phase 1 report and executive summary available at the bottom of the page.