Give an Hour session

This event is designed for those with no experience or confidence using the Internet

Date:
Tuesday 25 October 2011

Time:
2.30pm

Venue:
The Centre for the 3rd Age, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH
Tel: 023 8071 1700

Cost:
Free of charge

Joint event with the Hampshire Branch, Age Concern Southampton and Southampton Solent University.

Please book via David Fakray on 02380 368636 or email david@ageconcernsouthampton. This event is open to both BCS and Non-BCS attendees and places are limited.

On the last weekend in October, when the clocks go back, the BBC challenged everyone in Britain to do one very simple thing: donate their extra hour to introduce someone they know to the internet.First Click was a huge success and – together with partners - helped reduce the numbers of off-liners by around half a million to 8.7 million (ONS).

Give an Hour aims to go further - by mobilising the UK’s 30 million daily internet users to ‘give an hour’ and help somebody they know who’s not online to understand and enjoy the benefits of the internet, with a particular focus on those aged 55+. The internet ‘non-user’ has an average age of 61, more than half are 65+.

The primary barrier to going online for most people over 55 is a lack of confidence, a ‘fear’ of technology, and understanding, while 21% of adults stated that lack of skills prevented them from getting the internet.

Research has shown families and friends play an integral role in inspiring and helping others to get online - in most cases all they need is someone they know to get them started and show them the basic steps, make it fun and applicable to their life. The BBC is leading this campaign with three weeks of TV marketing trails (300 TVRs); editorial on Local Radio, and regional TV and news online across England. The campaign is supported by the Nations, Radio 2 and a range of BBC productions.

Margaret Ross was interviewed about this on Radio Solent and on BBC! TV