Age UK is the UK’s largest charity for older people and organises four digital inclusion campaigns, which Race Online 2012 supported and connected Partners with.
- “Itea and biscuits week” provides opportunities for older people to learn how to use digital technologies.
Over 400 events took place during the week in 2011, attended by 3,500 people.
- “Myfriends online week” sees a variety of organisations hosting events for older people to engage with online technology. It focuses on the social benefits of the internet.
- Age UK Digital Champions is an ongoing UK-wide drive to recruit digital champions of all ages and backgrounds.
- The Age UK Internet Champion competition celebrates people over the age of 55 who have improved their lives through using the internet.
In collaboration with Microsoft, Age UK is offering to take and rebuild unwanted computer equipment. It will be used to support new technology users, local outreach programmes and Age UK’s work to help people in later life to experience the benefits of the internet.