Myfriends Online Week is a national digital inclusion campaign which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness by supporting and encouraging people in later life to make new friends and stay in touch with old friends and family through the internet.
Throughout the week of 19 – 25 of March, events will be taking place across Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK, to provide hands on learning opportunities for older people to discover the social side of the internet and what it can offer them.
In Scotland alone, around 4% of older people never see any family or friends – that’s the equivalent of the population of Inverness.There are approximately 5.7 million older people who have never been online and over 1 million (11%) people aged 65 or over in the UK say they are always or often feel lonely.
Staying in touch with family and friends is for many older people the biggest incentive for wanting to get online and gaining the skills and confidence to connect can make a real difference to quality of life for older people.
You can help reduce loneliness and social isolation for older people in your local area by running an information session or training event during Myfriends Online Week. From providing basic introductions to email to helping make contact through online video calling like skype, there are many ways, big and small to get involved.
Register your event now to access free resources to help you plan and deliver successful events during the week. All registered events will be promoted on the Age UK website and through their national call line, which will be open to the public throughout March. Free resources available include: promotional posters, event banners, balloons, press release templates, and learning packs for your event participants.
For top tips on how to plan a successful event, check out the new 2012 planning guide.
Myfriends Online Week is a UK-wide campaign managed and delivered by Age UK in partnership with Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI.