Agewell Hwyliog Môn – Digitalization

Responding to a genuine need by the over 50’s within Anglesey communities who had not, nor wished to engage with new technology.

The Digitalization pilot responded to a genuine need by the over 50’s within Anglesey communities who had not, nor wished to engage with new technology.

There were many reasons for this, including being too afraid, not ready to engage or don’t know or understand the benefits.  In an increasingly technical, on-line age, where banks are becoming internet based, Dr’s appointments on my health on-line, grocery shopping etc it is crucially important for the people who aren’t already educated in this new technology to become digitally aware.  The pilot was therefore trialled to aid an aging community some of whom are isolated in their own homes, with mental health issues, widowed or disabled with no equipment or idea how to Skype or engage in face to face communications on – line, to reach out and embrace a new world of connectivity and social interaction.

Working with Chapter IT the pilot engaged with Dr’s surgeries and identified a group of older people who had not engaged with modern technology.  Once the group was identified eight Samsung Tablets were bought and training sessions were arranged for them in their own homes.  To also enable the group to properly engage, portable pre-paid internet spaces were purchased and the group learnt to skype, shop on-line, set up on-line banking and booked Dr’s appointments.

This led to all members purchasing equipment and some continued with the sessions after the pilot ended.

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