Join us in the Race Online!
We’ve signed up to an important project to help those who’ve never used the internet to take their first steps online. Eight million people across the UK fall into this group, and about half of those are in council housing.
JAIME’S CONNECTED Jaime de la Torre is a technology whizz. On his living room table there
is a Macbook, an iPad and an iPhone. “I can speak to all of my friends on Skype,” Jaime says, scrolling down a long list of names and faces in his contact list. For 76-year-old Jaime, who spends a lot of his time at home looking after his sister, this is a big deal. It means he can connect with anyone. KCTMO
first noticed Jaime’s fondness for gadgets when he attended our Senior Citizens’ Party. He filmed and photographed much of the event on his iPad. “You can take very beautiful pictures and videos,” he tells us. But, he says, technology is about
more than just fancy pictures and games. “Sometimes it helps for us to look up any illnesses or problems we are having.” Of course it is important to visit your doctor when you are ill, but there are a number of reliable websites, such as the NHS website, which can help people to understand their illnesses and symptoms and how to better cope with them. Jaime has been using his gadgets
for about five years. He found it a challenge to learn, but with the help of his family he quickly became an expert, and you can too.
HOW? To make sure we give our residents the best chance at getting on the internet, KCTMO has signed up to become part of Go ON UK. This is a
MYTHBUSTERS I’m not interested
You don’t need you to be interested in the internet – the internet helps you with your interests. Whatever your hobby the internet can help you become better at it, find the things you need for it, and connect with people who share your passion.
Jaime de la Torre PHOTO Robin Lawrence
government initiative designed to encourage people who have never used the internet to take their first step online. Please use the form attached
to the front of the Link to register your interest. There are lots of reasons why it’s better to be online. You can save an average of £560 a year shopping online; children who have internet access do better at school than those who don’t; more jobs are advertised on the web (and employers look for basic digital skills); and internet users feel less isolated from family and friends and find it easier to keep in touch. Remember, you don’t have to know
the first thing about the internet to take part, you just have to be willing to spend an hour with one of our digital champions to take you through your first steps of using the internet. We want to help you become better connected. We’ve got computers and web access in our reception area at Network Hub, and in our five Sheltered Housing Schemes. These facilities are all in place to help you access our services, as well as others that may help you in other parts of life.
Sign up to get online And you could win a brand new NetBook laptop computer! Register to be in to win!
It’s not for me You may think you’ve got by pretty well in life so far without it. True, but things are changing. More of the things you need to do in life are done online, and there are umpteen websites that will open up a world of fun to you.
I can’t afford it You can use the kit and connectivity at UK Online Centres and libraries for free. Or, if you want to get online at home, the price-tags on computers are falling everyday, while broadband connections can cost as little as £7 a month.
I might break it Good news: computers don’t blow up. The worst that can happen is that you’ll turn it off by mistake.
The idea of being ‘taught’ fills me with dread Computers let you learn at your own pace and without anyone looking over your shoulder.
I’m too old Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the internet, was born in 1955. And Britain’s oldest user of Twitter (an online way of keeping in touch) Ivy Bean, was 104. So what are you waiting for? Go ON, don’t miss out – ask for help today!
0800 137 111 • WWW.KCTMO.ORG.UK
GET ONLINE AND WIN A LAPTOP!
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