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Go ON Adopt a Care Home

March 8, 2011

With 6 million older people currently offline and around 450,000 care home residents in the UK, Go ON Adopt a Care Home has just launched to utilise the brilliant skills of young Digital Champions.


The inspiration of Lilla Harris, former nurse and care home manager and founder of the award winning finerday.com, Go ON Adopt is encouraging every school in the UK to “adopt” a local care home or sheltered housing scheme, to help engage residents in the wonderful world of the web.  For Lilla, it’s the logical next step after Finerday, which she developed after witnessing the dwindling number of letters and photos older people received.  She realised that “the world was moving online and leaving older people more and more isolated.”

 

Go ON Adopt  sets up a sustainable volunteering platform and is already improving intergenerational relations and reducing isolation among older people through easy to use technology. Young Champs are encouraged and enabled to share their amazing skills for as little as an hour or two a week.  Trails are currently underway in 10 homes in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire – we’ll be reporting on their progress soon!

 

Go ON Adopt a Care Home is a brilliant opportunity for younger people to become Digital Champs and to help others take advantage of what we take for granted on the net.  Register your school or Care Home (or visit for a little inspiration- it’s brimming with helpful tips and tools) at www.go-onadopt.org. You can also follow on Twitter @GoOnAdopt

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