Bringing together people and organisations supporting older people with digital inclusion, to share learning and celebrate successes.

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Date And Time

Tuesday 25 February 2020

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT


The Leodis Room, Leeds Central Library, Calverly Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB

About this Event

We know that being online helps people to live better, easier, longer lives, and it is often those who lack digital skills and confidence who would most benefit from embracing tech.

Organisations across the city have been working hard to support older people to make the most of the online world. Many older people are already discovering how they can live independently for longer by using online services to keep in touch with family and friends, stay healthy and active, and help their money go further.

100% Digital Leeds, Age UK One Digital, and Time To Shine are working in partnership to host this event, bringing together people and organisations looking to support older people with digital inclusion, however far along they are with their digital journey.

Who should attend

If you’re working or volunteering with older people and are interested in digital inclusion, we would love to meet you. You don’t have to be doing any digital yet and we expect to see people from a range of different organisations including Neighbourhood Networks, community projects, and social groups of all sizes.

Whether you’re confident in engaging older people with digital or want to find out how to get started, you and your organisation will benefit from the contacts, practical learning, and hints and tips on offer at this event.

If you’re a Digital Champion supporting or interested in supporting older people, it would be great to see you.

Learn about the support available to you

You will find out how 100% Digital Leeds, Age UK One Digital, and Time To Shine can support you to embed digital inclusion into your offer in a way that benefits everyone.

Find out how you can develop and pilot digital inclusion within your organisation with 100% Digital Leeds’ free Tablet Lending Scheme, and how their Digital Champions training can help your staff and volunteers be properly equipped to motivate people who are reluctant to join the digital world.

Discover how Age UK’s One Digital Digital Champions scheme can help you provide support to help people get online and develop Essential Digital Skills.

Learn how Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours Scheme launched Leeds’ first Digital Health Hub and have improved the health and wellbeing of their members by giving them access to NHS services online, such as booking appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions. Get a first look at their ‘how to’ guide and find out how your organisation could become a Digital Health Hub.

WaveLength is a national loneliness charity gifting media technology to those most in need. WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to individuals and organisations. This technology helps people to maintain and increase the number of meaningful connections they have in their lives. Find out how your organisation could benefit from Wavelength’s tablet gifting programme.

Learn from each other

We’ve hand-picked some of the organisations already doing great digital inclusion work and asked them to share their successes, and pass on learning (we’ll tell you who’s speaking soon).

We recognise that there will be a wealth of knowledge in the room so the second part of the session is handed over to you. Across the city there are people incorporating digital into their work in innovative ways, and tech is being introduced to all sorts of sessions, from knitting groups to walking groups. We’d like to encourage organisations and Digital Champions to share the practical approaches and resources you have found most useful.

Whether it’s a great app you’ve found or an interesting way of using voice assistance tech that’s made all the difference to the people you support, we’d love to hear from you.

If you have something you’d like to share that you think will be of benefit to others supporting older people with tech, we’ll give you space at our marketplace-style skill share session. Let us know when you book your ticket.

Our plan for the day

10:00 – Arrival, registration and refreshments

10:30 – Learn about support available to you

11:00 – Learn from each other: short talks from organisations

11:30 – Learn from each other: skills and knowledge share marketplace

12:40 – Light lunch and networking

13:00 – Finish

This event is free and hot drinks and a light lunch will be provided. A lift is available from the Victoria Gardens basement entrance to the third floor.

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