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Vodafone Ireland Foundation and Active Retirement Ireland and Alone have joined forces to deliver a new dedicated, nationwide digital skills training programme for older people.

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5 Year
Nationwide Plan

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Training 230,000
Older People

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€2 Million
Investment

Active Retirement Ireland is driven by partnership learning together and promoting empowerment and positive change for older people. By partnering with Vodafone, we will be able to upskill more people which will make a real difference to the lives of 230,000 + older people. Older people’s input and needs will be at the core of all aspects of this programme.

Hi Digital programme is aimed at bridging the worsening digital divide being experienced by older people in Ireland.

Active Retirement Ireland are enthusiastic and eager to support the launch of such a transformational project that will bridge the digital divide and empowering older people to use the internet and computers in their daily lives and be more connected in the future.

The partnership will employ 6 key principles to deliver impactful learning opportunities and improve digital skills across Ireland:

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Affordability

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Scalability

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Enabling

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Empowering

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Sustainability

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Knowledge

About the Course

The course consists of bite-size lessons organised around key digital themes including: The basics of internet access and how to use online devices; An essential guide to apps and features that can enhance daily life and combat isolation.

You can work independently or alongside a mentor (a volunteer from Active Retirement Ireland) over a number of weeks to complete all of the lessons. Or you may have assistance from your children, grandchildren, or other people from your community. The choice is yours.

Sample Course Topics

Send an email

Play a game or do puzzles online

Keep in touch with friends and family through social media

Online banking, pension, tax or other government business on line

Look up information for hobbies or travel

Watch and listen to news / TV / videos / radio online

Shop and make electronic payments online

Look up information about your health online

Arrange health related appointments or other health related business online

Call, text, Whatsapp with your phone

Use the internet on your phone

Use your phone to take pictures or video

Plan travel, driving or hiking routes with your phone

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Hi Digital is the only programme of its scale in Ireland that will offer a blended learning approach. Face to face training will be available either in group settings or in the home.

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With 25,000 members, Active Retirement Ireland will engage older people themselves to champion and deliver the Hi Digital training at community level. In addition, Active Retirement Ireland will link in with the nationwide network of public Vodafone Broadband Connection Points throughout the country to ensure everyone will have the opportunity to access the internet to learn online skills, even in the most remote locations.

Active Retirement Ireland will provide digital training for older people through its existing groups and networks using a blended learning model which combines online with in-person training.

Vodafone will work with the organisation to train Digital Champions who will provide support to older people. In addition, Active Retirement Ireland will link in with the nationwide network of public Vodafone Broadband Connection Points throughout the country to provide group training and devices to users.

Get started today at www.hidigital.ie
For more information call 1800 20 30 30 or email hidigital@activeirl.ie
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