Doncaster social enterprise partners with Age UK to help older people bridge the digital divide

Yetunde Elebuibon, Founder of Knowledge Pool, explains, “It is no surprise that older people in today’s society face various barriers, as their specific digital needs are often overlooked in favor of the younger generation. »

Yetunde continues: “Older people are arguably at greater risk of being left behind and it is essential that they are taken into account when digital solutions are created and launched in society. Any digital solution must be inclusive and one of the ways to achieve this goal is to further simplify the support, courses and training currently available.

“This is just one of the reasons we have partnered with Age UK to provide training courses specifically aimed at meeting the digital needs of older people.

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Yetunde Elebuibon, founder of Knowledge Pool during one of the sessions

“One of the areas we can help with is showing attendees how to get the most out of their smartphone or iPhone.

“For example, how to access the internet, share photos with friends and family via WhatsApp, or simply have a screensaver that features a loved one.

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“Most of us take these daily ‘tasks’ for granted and do them without thinking.

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“So allowing older people to do the same never ceases to bring smiles. It means so much to them and it’s heartwarming to share their excitement and joy at having a screensaver of their grandchildren.”

Yetunde concludes: “Our goal is to help anyone who is digitally disadvantaged to master the essential IT skills necessary to enable them to progress in life.

“No matter how old you are, there are always new skills to learn and we won’t stop until everyone in our society is digitally included.”

Knowledge Pool is a social enterprise run solely by volunteers and entirely dependent on external funding and donations.

If you would like to find out more about their training courses, volunteer your time to support others or make a donation, call Yetunde on 07427 262448 or email: [email protected]

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