Digital inclusion is a socio-technological process that encompasses individuals, communities, and vulnerable groups being able to have access and digital skills to use internet technologies and therefore to be able to participate and benefit from today's growing information society. Digital inclusion influences improved livelihoods. And 2021, in the current digital landscape, the revolution and revelation are in online work, online socialization, online learning, and all that on the remote. It is more than ever relevant to address the present digital transformation challenges in society in order to understand, repair, regenerate, renew, and strive in the (digital)future.
How did we become interested in digital inclusion?
We have been involved in internet technologies since 2019, During that time, the digital divide term was coined and was primarily related to the technological gaps between haves and have nots. However, a few years ago during our research, I came to some interesting findings on the second level of the digital divide, which is the lack of digital literacy and skills. Equally, if not more relevant factor for the strategic and successful use of digital technologies.
Internet is a basic human right, and it should be accessible to anyone on this planet. The same goes for access to information and knowledge. Everyone has the right to educate themselves and to be informed. That aspect of human rights is very important to us.
Let's fix the digital divide together
The Global Pandemic has exposed and exacerbated digital exclusion across the country.
Digital inclusion is no longer a nice-to-have and people still need access, Digital skills and support.
Many of us are relying on technology is now our main source of communication, work meetings, Via Zoom, family chats on face time, WhatsApp messaging,
Online food deliveries have become the norm and online banking and health services are more important than ever.
Digital Platforms has enabled us to continue hobbies and exercise routines. But not everyone has access to these tools to support their daily living and well- being at home.
Even those with access to these technology may not have access to the necessary platforms, or the skills to use these platforms.
There is a divide between those able to access and those excluded from online support.
We appreciate Donations of anysize, as your donations can contribute to getting more Elder's connected and comfortable using technology.
Our BluePrint to fix the Digital Divide
1. Community Support:: Every Elderly and disabled persons has somewhere local to go, to get help using the internet. Providing one to one support in the comfort of their own homes.
2.Digital Skills: Enabling the Elderly and disabled over 65 years to use the internet for life.
3. Affordable Internet:: So the Elderly and Disabled can have the everyday internet access they need.
Delivering digital tech, we shall be raising awareness about simple free ways to adapt the devices to individual needs.
Benefits will be achieved through cross collaboration with other organisations. Addressing the most common digital and disabling barriers and enabling more people to be connected and learn digital skills.
EQUALITY, DISABILITY AND DIGITAL EXCLUSION.
Internet access is an essential, not a luxury. It is not ok that millions of Elders and disabled people are still digital excluded.
Stonebridge Adventure NW10, including our Young Supporters
We encourage elders to keep in touch with each other on video chats on a regular basis, those who already have phones
Looking into interest groups on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Attending online game nights
We are living in a technocology age, and the elderly risk getting left behind. The younger generation are leading the speed of development and the rush of new technology and many older people cannot keep up.
Many say it's too complicated or unneccesary. What's wrong with calling someone up on the phone?
Technology can help reduce the feelings of lonliness that many elderly people experience everyday.
Bridging the Gap
Technology and the Internet have bridge the gap between socialising and being alone. Social networking mo longer requires people to get out their homes and join clubs to meet others, technology provides access to people, chat and discovery.
Keeping in touch
Thanks to technolgy,it is much easier than ever to stay connected to family and friends who live overseas or a long way from home.
Emails, Sykpe and other videos,instant messaging service can help to unite people no matter where in the world they are. Families can share photos and other interesting things.
Connecting service users to their Communities
Our Charity believes that home- and community-based services and supports should be robust enough that individuals with even the most complex medical and behavioral needs can be appropriately and effectively supported in their own home or other community-based settings. We know this is possible – it has been demonstrated in many communities.
“We’re seeing technology bring us together in amazing ways in these difficult times, with families and friends using online calls to stay connected. Lots of older people and disabled people are really confident about using their phones or tablets, but many of them need extra help when using tech to stay in touch – which is adding to their sense of loneliness and isolation."
“Up and down the country we know that concerned relatives are trying to get their family connected, trying to get them on Skype or Zoom calls or sharing news on WhatsApp. But even when they have a smartphone or tablet what people really want is someone they can call when they need help - someone they can trust who will be patient and not baffle them with jargon."
Our project tackles isolation by building links between older disabled people and their neighbourhood.
The Equality Profile
Initiatives and policy decisions that impact on older persons with high support needs cannot be equality neutral since we all know this group contains:
- Those who are older and disabled whether or not they would define themselves as such,
- A higher proportion of women then men
- A smaller proportion of black people from ethnic minority
Groups than the general population, but likely to expand at some point. These groups are affected by I'll health and long time health conditions..
Helping the Elderly get Connected.
What is it?
As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health.
How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?
How social connections save lives
Higher levels of social interaction—even peripheral interactions—can have a high payoff for elderly people, as an overall community trait, the impact of greater social activity levels in individuals and its impact on health.
“When you use your brain and body the way it was intended—as it evolved—you age better,” “We just aren’t meant to be disengaged from one another.”
Looking at a community-based cohort of older people free of dementia and measured social activity levels and their disability levels—in terms of their ability to care for themselves. Findings showed that those with more frequent social activity, maintained lower levels of disability in several areas, suggesting that they would be able to live independently longer than their less social counterparts would.