There are 7.4 million people in the UK who have never used the internet of which 5.2million are aged over 65. There are over 18,000 care homes in England with nearly 40,000 older residents. We do not currently have an accurate figure about how many care home residents have access to the internet.
GRCC has been successfully running the Connect project since April 2011 with funding from the Nominet Trust. The aim of the project is to help anyone over the age of 55 and living in Gloucestershire to use a computer and get ‘online.’ Connect aims to help people, especially those living in the more rural areas of the county at whatever their level of ability and experience, to become more confident in using a computer and the internet.
The Go ON Gold campaign - raising awareness about the barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing digital technologies, and helping to overcome those barriers - is nearing an important milestone.
Soon we will have signed up our 50th partner organisation, and we will be putting out a media announcement when this happens and hopefully getting some useful publicity as we head into the final few months of our project, which is funded by Nominet Trust.
In today's special Valentine's themed guided reminiscence session, John requested ‘The Last Waltz’ and everybody sang with him with such enthusiasm. Afterwards I asked why he’d chosen that song and he told me that it was the first dance he’d had with his wife when he first met her at a tea dance at the Bournemouth Pavilion in 1943. They were married in 1946.
We recognise that the current economic climate is particularly challenging for young people. Whilst traditional employment opportunities are decreasing, young people are increasingly more prepared to take risks, embrace digital technology, and consider entrepreneurial employment opportunities. This is why we’ve started developing Task Squad.
People argue a lot about evaluation and ‘social impact analysis’ (see, they even argue about what it should be called). They especially love to argue about the ‘best’ way to do it. Like whether you should or shouldn’t have an external evaluator, or whether you should or shouldn’t do a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Frankly, it can get a bit confusing – so how do you know the best way to ‘do’ an evaluation? Especially if you're working in social innovation. The answer is that there is no ‘best’ way.
Citizens Online run digital inclusion projects – Get IT Together across the UK. We help individuals, particularly older and disabled people get started with the Internet and we have some robust measures in place to understand the journey learners go on in becoming regular Internet users.