Free session to help Leeds +55s reconnect with friends and family online

Published: May 29th, 2012 | Author: Laura Simpson

Over-55s in Leeds are being offered free help and advice to reconnect with friends and family via the internet. The new Love to Reconnect campaign, which is part of the wider Get IT Together programme running across Leeds and nationwide, is a joint initiative between BT and national charity Citizens Online. As part of the campaign BT employees in Leeds are volunteering to get people online for the first time, showing them how the internet can help them to stay in touch with friends and family.

Physical distance can often be the cause of people losing touch. BT’s latest research* found that almost half (46%) of people surveyed had lost touch with someone because that person had moved to another part of the country and almost a quarter (24%) lost touch because their friend or family member had moved abroad.

Gail Hydon, Head of Learning & Development Training Design at BT said: “Around 8.1 million adults in the UK have never used the internet, and the majority of these people are over 55. The focus of this campaign is helping people in Leeds to reconnect and stay in touch with friends and family through the internet. Email is a convenient and easy way of reconnecting and staying in touch, but 56% of over 65s have never sent one. Working with Citizens Online and our own BT employees, we want to help change that.”

Get IT Together Project Coordinator, Fahad Khan, is hosting a free internet taster session:

When: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

Where: Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Leeds, LS11 6RD

Session Time: 2pm – 4pm

Refreshments will be provided

The sessions is open to everyone, particularly those people interested in reconnecting with friends and family, and BT employees will be on hand to help participants use computers to access the internet and reconnect with their loved ones.

Fahad Khan, Get IT Together Project Coordinator said, “It is really exciting to be working on this campaign in Leeds at this time when there is such a buzz about reconnecting with friends and family. I am looking forward to meeting and helping individuals who may not yet have had chance to find out about the benefits of the internet and hope people will take the opportunity to come down to our session to find out more.”

For further information and to book a place

Fahad Khan, Citizens Online Project Coordinator

Email: fahad.khan@citizensonline.org.uk

Telephone: 07780 480968

Note for editors

*Survey statistics are from BT research among 2,103 UK adults aged 18+, conducted telephone by ICM Research between 10th and 18th September 2011.

BT and Get IT Together

BT is at the heart of digital communications. We believe that information communications technology can make a real difference to individuals and communities that find themselves on the wrong side of the ‘digital divide’.

BT’s Get IT Together programme is all about empowering people to get online – making the most of what the internet has to offer. As an official partner of Race Online 2012, BT has pledged its support to help get another 100,000 people online by the end of 2012 as well as encourage and enable at least 10,000 people to become ‘Digital Champions’, helping and inspiring others to get online. For more information, visit www.bt.com/getittogether

BT has been helping people to get online since 2002. Last year, BT invested money, time and in-kind contributions worth £27.6 million. This exceeded our target to invest at least one per cent of underlying pre-tax profits in community programmes and sustainability.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/getittogether

Get IT Together in Leeds is supported by BT and Leeds City Council.

About Citizens Online

Citizens Online is a national charity that believes participation in the digital world is a fundamental part of modern life. It is our aim to ensure that the benefits of digital technologies can be enjoyed and shared by everybody, so that our society may become more inclusive and just. Further information is available at www.citizensonline.org.uk

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