Getting Sunderland’s older generations online

Alan Patchett

Alan Patchett

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CHARITY bosses say they hope to help older people get online in Wearside.

Age UK found Tyne and Wear has the lowest number of over-65s who use the internet – just 27 per cent. That compares with Surrey’s 63 per cent uptake.

The charity also said poorer people, those living alone and those in relatively poor health were least likely to access internet services.

Alan Patchett, director of Age UK Sunderland, said: “It does not come as a surprise because I think it reflects society in general.”

Age UK has called on the Government, councils and businesses to help get more older people online.

The charity’s ITea and Biscuits Week, which started on Monday, offers older people who have not used technology such as the internet and smartphones the chance to try them.

“Age UK Sunderland is doing a tremendous amount to try to help older people to get online,” said Alan.

“We’ve taken part in the ITea and Biscuits programme and are also taking part in other events.

“We have an IT suite where people can drop in to get help and support, and we also run courses so that people 
can learn how to use a computer and access the things that they want.

“It’s essential in this day and age that older people do have these skills and abilities.

“It will be an important part of everyone’s life in the future.”