What our Participants are Saying
"Even before lockdown, it felt like being isolated on an Island, but now it's good to feel like normal people do and to be able to talk about the world of the internet, to send emails and to feel connected." Linda
"I'm really happy that I am able to talk to my family through lockdown by my companion teaching me to use and set up WhatsApp." Christine
Leicester Ageing Together provides support to over 50s living in Leicester who wish to improve their digital skills, their wellbeing and/or overcome loneliness. The project offers a combination of one to one support and group digital skills sessions and aims to meet the needs of individuals.
When participant register with the project we find out as much as possible about their interests, the type of information participants want to access online, the devices they own and what type of Essential Digital Skills they want to develop. The participant is matched with a digital companion, who will support them over the phone and in person on a one to one basis. Digital companions are trained in safeguarding, online security, digital companion training and if necessary how to set up one of the devices that can be loaned from LAT by participants.
Once the participant knows the basics of Gmail and Zoom through practice with their digital companion, we invite them to twice weekly digital skills sessions. Digital companions have delivered sessions on Gmail, online shopping, online banking, FaceBook, YouTube etc. Guest speakers have included: Leicester Police Cyber Crime Unit, Workers Education Authority, the Good Things Foundation, Money Matters and The Conservation Volunteers.
Our scheme is open to everyone who is over 50 and living in Leicester. We ask that participants commit to the project for 3 months as research shows that this is the amount of time required to see any significant change. If you are interested in joining us as a participant or volunteer, then please see the leaflets below for how to join