Gloucestershire residents can get more out of life online
A free event ‘Open Your World – Get Connected’ to help people get online will be held at Northway Parish Council Community Hub on Tuesday 15 October from 1pm to 4pm.
Get Online Week, which runs 14 - 20 October, is the UK’s biggest campaign that aims to include everyone in the digital world. The internet has the power to reduce isolation, improve health and wellbeing, help people save money, and connect them to the things they love - but too many people are still missing out.
In the UK, almost 12 million people lack the essential digital skills they need in life and work, over 5 million people have never been online, and 7 million people cannot open an app.
Gloucestershire County Council is holding an event in Tewkesbury to encourage people to get the most out of life online - whether that’s using the internet to find work, save money, stay healthy or just have fun!
On the day there will be information available from the library service, Adult Education and Age UK about help and training for getting online and improving digital skills, as well as demonstrations such as virtual reality sessions to show people what it is like to live with dementia.
A mock living area will be set up to showcase the latest home technology like a talking microwave, robot vacuum cleaner, smart lights and voice-controlled home assistants, like ‘Alexa’, which can improve people’s quality of life and promote independence. A local carer will be talking about how he uses ‘Alexa’ every day as a way of supporting him to care for a family member.
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery, said “Being able to use the internet and technology confidently can have a big impact on your wellbeing. Whether that’s connecting with loved ones online, finding activities and groups in your local area, or accessing important information and services related to health and wellbeing. There will be lots of friendly support at this event for anyone who wants to start doing a bit more online – and it’s absolutely free.”
Book a place in advance or just come along on the day!
Stands and demonstrations confirmed:
- Library Service: Virtual reality including tech demonstrating what it feels like to have dementia, mindfulness for carers using tech, general promotion of what’s available in libraries, including helping people get online, audio/e-books, activities etc.
- Adult Education: Information about training courses to help people feel confident with tech.
- Mock Living Area: Demonstrating technology like talking microwave, robot vacuum, smart lights, Amazon Echo etc.
- Gloucestershire Archives: House of Memories app – can be used by anyone but has been designed for people with dementia and their carers. The app has pictures of objects from across the decades and the user can save the ones that resonate with them in a digital memory box or timeline. People can also upload their own photos as memories.
- Age UK: Information about how their digital offer.
- Cotswold Listener: Talking newspaper covering Tewkesbury – essentially it reads newspaper articles to people who have difficulty seeing/reading.
- Healthy Lifestyles: Demonstrating their ‘Best You’ app.
- Your Circle: Online directory of information and services that can help people navigate care and support, local activities and volunteering, transport, money health etc.
- Carers Hub: Registration/training/Carers Emergency Scheme etc, apps and online forums that are available to carers.
- Community Wellbeing Service: Providing information about how they can connect people to local services, organisations and groups.