FREE in-person digital skills courses for older people will be rolled out across the country from Tuesday, as part of the Hi Digital partnership initiative between the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE.
In County Limerick, the first class will take place at the Croom Community Enterprise Center on Thursday, May 12 from 11 a.m.
Hi Digital was developed to bridge the widening digital divide in Ireland and help older people with little or no digital skills to connect.
Active Retirement Ireland’s in-person courses are now available by booking and are open to anyone over 65 who wants to develop their digital literacy with advice and support alongside other older people in their community.
Classes are taught by trained Digital Ambassadors who provide face-to-face training and counseling so that older people can develop their skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.
The Hi Digital training course consists of small lessons organized around key digital topics, including the basics of the internet and the use of online devices, as well as applications and digital features such as social media or video calls that can improve daily life and fight against isolation.
Topics covered include sending emails, contacting friends and family via social media or video calls, accessing online banking and online government services. Other lessons focus on accessing the Internet by phone, shopping online, sharing photos or videos, and online safety.
Managing Director of Active Retirement Ireland Maureen Kavanagh said the Hi Digital program aims to give older people in Ireland more choice and empower them to learn the skills they need if they want to go online.
The Hi Digital program is offered across the board: e-learning using the Vodafone Ireland Foundation’s Hi Digital online platform, face-to-face classroom learning run by Active Retirement Ireland, and professional development by ONLY organizations that work to help older people so that they can provide Hi Digital Training and counseling to users of their services directly.
Anyone wishing to attend a course can reserve their place by contacting Active Retirement Ireland on 1800 20 30 30, or by email [email protected]