Free in-person digital skills courses for older people are being rolled out across the country this week as part of the Hi Digital partnership initiative between the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE.
In County Tipperary, the first lesson will take place at the Killoscully Community Center (V94 FK20) on Wednesday May 4 at 11am.
The first program of its kind in five years, Hi Digital was developed to bridge the widening digital divide in Ireland and help older people with little or no digital skills to connect.
Active Retirement Ireland’s in-person courses are now available by booking and are open to anyone aged 65+ who wants to develop their digital literacy and self-confidence with advice and support alongside other older people of his community.
Classes are taught by trained ARI Digital Ambassadors who provide face-to-face training and counseling so seniors can develop their skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.
The Hi Digital training course consists of small lessons organized around key digital topics, including the basics of the internet and the use of online devices, as well as applications and digital features such as social media or video calls that can improve daily life and fight against isolation. Topics covered include:
• Send e-mails
• Stay in touch with friends and family via social media or video calls
• Online banking and online government services
• Search for information on leisure or travel
• Read, watch and listen to news online
• Online Shopping
• Use the Internet on your phone
• Use your phone to take and share photos or videos
• Online security and more.
Maureen Kavanagh, CEO of Active Retirement Ireland, said: “We are delighted to announce the nationwide rollout of Hi Digital’s face-to-face digital skills courses. In this next stage of the Hi Digital program, our in-person classes led by Digital Ambassadors will further support seniors’ online participation. This will help to ensure that they have the appropriate access and skills to use digital services, while expanding the opportunities available to them through the digital switchover.
“The Hi Digital program aims to give older people in Ireland more choice and empower them to learn the skills they need if they want to go online. Classes are free and I encourage anyone who wants to improve their digital skills to contact me and register.
The Hi Digital program is offered across the board: e-learning using the Vodafone Ireland Foundation’s Hi Digital online platform, face-to-face classroom learning run by Active Retirement Ireland, and professional development by ONLY organizations that work to help older people so that they can provide Hi Digital Training and counseling to users of their services directly.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Anyone wishing to attend a course can reserve their place by contacting Active Retirement Ireland on 1800 20 30 30 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org