Uttlesford Council Help Baby Boomers with Digital Skills
Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service creates smart homes to help baby boomers improve their digital skills.
20:45 13 January 2019
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has invested in the development of smart homes with the goal to train digital boomers improve their digital skills.
After the completion of their training, participants will open their homes to older people so they can learn first hand from their peers on how to make the most of smart technology. They will be taught how to control household appliances, contact friends and family using video technology, and book GP appointments online, among others. The scheme will also receive support from younger ‘digital buddies’ who will be on hand to support with digital skills.
The project aims to provide older people with a convenient and cost-effective way to reach out to their GPs and family members particularly those that are at risk of isolation.
Minister for Digital, Margot James, said: "We are committed to improving the digital skills of people of all ages and abilities so everyone can enjoy the benefits of modern technology.”
“These innovative projects will not only help some of the hardest to reach people live healthier and happier lives but also boost our mission to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow digital businesses."