Age UK Salford partnered with the digital inclusion team at Salford City Council to support Get Online Week 2021, a national campaign organised by Good Things Foundation.
Thousands of events take place across the UK during the week (Oct 18-24) which seeks to inspire people of all ages to do more online and provide people with the opportunity to improve their digital skills.
Last week, Age UK Salford held their event at Critchley Community Hub, which saw people drop in to chat with Sally Davis, digital inclusion officer for Salford City Council.
Sally said: “In Salford, we’re committed to supporting residents all year round but Get Online Week is the ideal time for us to provide extra help. We put on lots of different sessions and events across the city. I found it an absolute joy being out in the community, helping residents with digital skills from typing a CV to showing someone how to send an email. It was also useful talking to people, seeing how we are already helping and finding out how we can continue to support them.”
Age UK Salford is one of a number of partners in the city who help older people to become more confident online and Critchley Community Hub has a designated IT area within the centre.
Joy Kershaw, Critchley Community Hub manager, said: “We run a weekly IT drop-in every Monday to offer free IT advice which is supported by volunteers and we also run periodical Tech and Tea courses which are popular and are hosted by Inspiring Communities Together.”
Salford residents also have access to free workshops in the council’s gateway centres and community centres, some delivered in partnership with TalkTalk and Salford is home to HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology, which offers residents technology training and growth programmes.
Sally added: “In Salford, digital inclusion is a major priority for us. We want to make sure that all residents have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day to day. With the world around us becoming increasingly digital, the access and capacity to use online services is a necessity.”
Salford residents can find out more information here:https://digitalinclusion.salford.gov.uk/ or call the Spirit of Salford helpline on 0800 952 1000.
Critchley Community Hub is on Chorley Road, Swinton and is open six days a week (Opening Hours: 9am – 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Contact: 0161 359 3410).