Age UK Teesside providing free digital inclusion

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04 March 2021

Age UK Teesside offer digital inclusion services across the South Tees aimed at tackling the issues of loneliness, isolation and improve well-being by providing older people with the skills to safety connect in our modern technologically advanced society. 

In Middlesbrough, the charity offers a project called Rekindle which is for people over the age of 60 to gain confidence and skills to use digital platforms to enhance their lives. The project is open to all abilities whether you have never picked up a smartphone, tablet or laptop or whether you have made a start and got confused.

The project can provide group sessions in a social setting or one to one support. Rekindle can also provide advice on purchasing a digital device and help to set it up or reset a device that’s no longer working. Advice on home and community connectivity is also available.

Social distancing has affected the way the service can be currently delivered however Steve has utilised the opportunity to create some really helpful video tutorials which you can access on the Age UK Teesside YouTube channel.

For more information contact Steve Thompson on: 01642 80 55 00

In Redcar & Cleveland, they offer a Digital Explorers project which is for local residents aged 55 and over this service is to aid people's access to their GP surgeries and wider health services. 

  • Helping people digitally register with their GP and recording their responsibilities for looking after others where applicable.
  • Supporting people to access safe health information, book appointments and order repeat prescriptions.
  • Assisting with technology, meaning video calls for appointments/ consultations.  

This will enable GP's and their staff to safely, quickly and easily communicate with their patients.

This is a great opportunity for people to access support to register with their GP online including highlighting any caring responsibilities which can help with accessing a Covid-19 vaccination sooner. 

Interested? Contact Neil Bankhurst on 01642 805500  

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