A PROJECT in West Sussex will bring generations together while teaching older people to be more tech-savvy, thanks to National Lottery funding.
Youth Dream Ltd, based in Selsey, received £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the UK’s largest funder of community activity, to put on digital technology training sessions led by young people from a local academy.
The project aims to improve intergenerational understanding in a town with an ageing population, as well as teaching vital skills that will improve wellbeing and increase independence.
Residents of six care homes in Selsey will learn how to use tablets, phones and computers, with one main goal to be better able to communicate with their families through online video apps such as FaceTime and Skype.
The project, which will also reach isolated older people living in the wider community, aims to improve understanding of online security and increase awareness of potential phishing scams, which often target older people living alone.
The project will also provide guidance to people who do not understand how to use online banking or ATMs, helping them to live independently and take better control of their finances.
Mike Nicholls, from Youth Dream Ltd, said: “The Age Fusion Group aspires to support an older generation, and in turn will receive communication skills, life experience and times of immense enjoyment. The group is meeting every Tuesday and is currently in the process of visiting all local care homes and interacting with older friends.
“The National Lottery funding will enable adult supervision, training and support, and we aim to bring enjoyment and safety to all through this project. We are very grateful for this funding.”
The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. To find out more visit: tnlcommunityfund.org.uk