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Landlords have role in 'one of the nation's biggest digital inclusion campaigns'

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Landlords have role in 'one of the nation's biggest digital inclusion campaigns' Landlords have role in 'one of the nation's biggest digital inclusion campaigns'

Social housing providers are being urged to engage in "one of the nation’s biggest digital inclusion campaigns".

The Government-backed Spring Online with Silver Surfers’ Day - delivered by Digital Unite in partnership with UK Online Centres and Race Online 2012 - is one of the biggest campaigns each year to give older people and less confident users a taste of computers and the internet.

Seven million older people in the UK have never used the internet.

The campaign - which has been going for 11 years - has helped more than 150,000 people get more out of life online.

Social housing providers are being urged to play their part to help residents get a taste of computers and the internet during Spring Online from 23-27 April.

Last year there were more than 2,500 Spring Online events all around the UK in sheltered housing schemes, community centres and libraries. 

Emma Solomon, Managing Director of Digital Unite, says: “Access to computers and the internet can enhance people’s health and wellbeing – and open up whole new worlds. If you know your way round a computer why not volunteer to show someone else how to do it? Often, all people need is someone to get them started, show them the basics and make it fun. Holding a Spring Online session can really help.”

Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion, said: “There are still a staggering 8.2 million people in the UK who are yet to experience how magic the web really is.  Saving money, keeping in touch and reducing feelings of isolation are just a few examples of how the internet can change lives for the better. Fantastic initiatives like Spring Online play a vital role in highlighting these benefits and helping us achieve the ambition of creating a truly networked UK.”

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