This week (17-23 September 2012) is Age UK’s Itea and Biscuit Week, which offers people in later life the chance to learn new technologies and the benefits they can bring.
The annual campaign is backed by broadcaster Penny Smith, this year, who along with Age UK is encouraging everyone to pass on their technical knowledge to an older family member, friend or neighbour. Whether you are a tech geek or novice you can still help out.
In its fifth year, the campaign offers hundreds of ‘taster sessions’ across the country, which provide basic knowledge on technologies such as how to use the internet and digital cameras. These sessions also highlight how technology can be used to try out new hobbies, find online bargains or keep in touch with loved ones.
According to an Ofcom report 73% of people aged 65+ say they do not regularly use the internet.
Age UK Ambassador Smith is calling for older people to attend the events and for those already in the know to pass on their knowledge to someone older.
Smith said: “If you connect to the Internet, you connect to the world. So if you know your dongle from your mouse, please help an older person you know to get online during itea and biscuits week.”
David Mortimer, head of digital inclusion at Age UK, said: “Over 5.5 million people aged 65+ have never been online, so we’re calling on anyone who knows how to use technology to pass on their knowledge of the Internet, smart phones, tablets or digital cameras to an older person they know.
“There’s no need to be a technology guru, just basic knowledge could really make a difference to someone’s life.”
To find out more information about the week visit www.ageuk.org.uk/itea-and-biscuits.