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Communities 2.0 will be supporting Age UK’s iTea and Biscuits Week, which runs from September 19th – 25th.
iTea and Biscuits week is a UK-wide campaign to help older people make the most of the internet. In Wales, Communities 2.0 is working alongside Age Cymru to provide volunteers and equipment at a number of events.
In Carmarthenshire, there will be events at libraries in Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford on the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively. In Bridgend, tenants from a number of local residential complexes will be getting together to find out how to get more from their mobile phones and digital cameras. In Haverfordwest, the Carreg Las Explorer Scout Group (run by Communities 2.0’s very own Mike Beckett) will be running an event at a church hall in Haverfordwest.
More details on the iTea and Biscuits events that Communities 2.0 staff will be present at can be found on the Age UK website.
Recent figures from the Welsh Government showed that, in 2010, around 785,000 adults in Wales did not use the internet. Of these, 515,000 were older – i.e. people aged 50 and over. This shows how important it is for events such as iTea and Biscuits Week to succeed, in helping as many older people to get online as possible.
So, if you know an older person who lives near one of the iTea and Biscuits events that are being held in Wales, tell them about it, or even take them along to it. Or, if you fancy holding an event yourself, contact Age Cymru for more information.
An internet based price-comparison site has stepped in to help out residents at an Abergele Sheltered Housing Scheme by donating two new computers so that they can surf the internet in style.
MoneySupermarket.Com, who is based in Flintshire, donated two new computers to Pentre Mawr, a Sheltered Housing Scheme in Abergele, managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, part of the Pennaf Housing Group.
Euan Hughes and Jack Stokes from Bushmede Contractors then stepped in to build a bespoke work station and Communities 2.0 (a Wales Government Digital Inclusion project) arranged for one of their Technology outreach officers to install the computer and provide guidance for the residents to enable them to get connected.
“It’s a true partnership arrangement and shows fantastic generosity from all involved,” said Louise Blackwell.
“The residents are absolutely delighted with their new computer which has now been installed in a communal area and would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has helped out,” added Pentre Mawr Warden Alison Pring Warden.
On Friday 20th May, six venues across Caerphilly Borough will be playing host to free events for Digital Day 2011.
There is so much going on that Caerphilly’s BIG Click has its own website!
The venues are:
- Ael-Y-Bryn Community Centre, Rhymney
- White Rose Centre, New Tredegar
- Markham Primary School (1:00pm until 4:00pm)
- Siloh Community Centre, Ystrad Mynach
- Cross Keys Methodist Church
- Caerphilly Vistors Centre (10:00am until 5:00pm)
Whatever your age feel free to come and have a go as we try and help 500 people get online or using technology in one day. This is not the end though – if you want to learn more be sure to let one of the team know on the day and we will arrange more sessions.
Three of these venues will be playing host to Cadbury’s Spots vs Stripes for the Wii consecutively during the day. Come along to Ael-Y-Bryn Community Centre, Siloh Community Centre, and Caerphilly Vistors Centre and help one of these venues get the highest score on the day!
We have put together some easy to use ‘How to’ guides for some popular websites. You can print off these guides and use them alongside your computer, or help someone else to discover how useful the web could be for them. We will add more guides as they are produces, suggestions welcome as to what you’d like to see covered.
Come along to Caerphilly on Friday and meet some of the people involved in Communities 2.0, helping people get online and use digital technology in Wales.
Friday 20th May is when we will be helping hundreds of people to get online for the first time and others to brush up on their computer skills.
Many events are being held across Wales to reach thousands of people – and they’re all free!
Digital Day is part of Adult Learners’ Week. Staff from Communities 2.0, the Welsh Assembly Government’s digital inclusion programme, will be among those, providing fun learning opportunities through Information Technology (IT).
Visit Click. Connect. Discover to find out where our Communities 2.0 staff will be on the day, and come along to meet them.
Find out about other events being held by local organisations across Wales springonline website (external website).
To help you help someone else get started with the web, we have a selection of ‘how to’ videos on our website. You could also show them Albert’s video where the 73-year-old ex-miner explains why getting online has been so important to him.
There will also be resources to print off and follow for people getting to grips with useful websites for the first time.
Digital Day has also been called ‘Silver Surfer’s Day’ in the past but this year events in Wales are open to everyone over the age of 16 as part of Adult Learners Week.
Previous blog post: Silver Surfers’ Day 2010 – but why should older people bother with the internet?
The South Merthyr Digital Inclusion project is now up and running and will cover the whole of the south of the borough.
Two members of staff have been employed who will offer a variety of Digital Inclusion training through drop in, with community groups and through structured classes.
Training will be delivered in a variety of venues including Megabytes Aberfan, the Willows Centre Troedyrhiw, Treharris Library, Ty Pontrhun Pentrebach & Bedlinog Resource centre.
Author: Stephanie Davies, Click. Connect. Discover field officer