We are supporting Myfriends Online Week, 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.
For the next week, events will be taking place across Scotland to provide hands on experience for older people to discover the social side of the web.
Over the next five days the Age Scotland blog will focus on some of the tools available online that can help people keep in touch with friends and family around the world, as well as discussing the benefits of the social side of the internet. We’d love to hear your comments and stories on how you use the web too.
In Scotland alone, around 4% of older people never see any family or friends – that’s the equivalent of the population of Inverness. Staying in touch with family and friends through the internet is a great incentive for older people to get online and social contact, even by using online tools, can really improve the quality of life for those who feel isolated and lonely.
Of course, we understand that the social side of the internet is not a substitute for a real cuppa, slice of cake and a chat with a pal, so to this end we are also working hard to help reduce social isolation in local communities across Scotland. The more connections we can help create, both online and offline, the better life will be.
There are plenty ways to get involved in MyFriends Online Week. If you want to organise a formal event there is a lot of supporting material available, or if you just want to sit down with a friend or family member for an hour and show them the ropes of the web in an informal setting, that’s fantastic too.
- Learn more about MyFriends Online Week
- Register an event
- Learn more about Age Scotland’s campaign to end isolation
- Read other Age Scotland blog posts about digital inclusion
Myfriends Online Week is a UK-wide campaign managed and delivered by Age UK in partnership with Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI.