Age UK Milton Keynes is encouraging older people who want to improve their digital skills to go along to their local Techy Tea Party, which will take place on Tuesday 9 September 2014 at EE’s stores in Milton Keynes.
On National Techy Tea Party Day over 500 EE stores, offices and contact centres will focus on helping customers with their tech challenges* from 9.30am to 11am by hosting events for members of the public who want to improve their basic digital skills.
People in Milton Keynes who sign up to attend an EE National Techy Tea Party at one of the three EE stores in thecentre:mk or at Central Retail Park, Rooksley on 9 September are invited by EE to bring along the device they want to learn more about such as a mobile phone, tablet or laptop.
EE staff will help them get to grips with everyday technology as well as teaching basic online skills.
EE is taking its digital inclusion campaign nationwide with Age UK following the huge success of its Techy Tea Parties, which have been taking place at a local level across EE offices, call centres and community venues since the brand launched in 2012.
EE National Techy Tea Party Day is an evolution of the company’s desire to help people discover the magic of technology, inspiring people to get connected and is further reinforcement of EE’s commitment to improve the basic digital skills of people of all ages across the country.
Recent research has revealed that there are currently six million people in the UK who’ve never been online and 4.8 million of those are aged 65 and over. to people, enabling them to keep in contact with loved ones, make huge savings and pursue hobbies, so it is important that people in later life are given the opportunity to use the Internet and shown how to make the most of it.
Paul Griffiths at Age UK Milton Keynes said: “There are huge benefits to being online such as keeping in touch with loved ones, discovering new hobbies and saving money by shopping around.
At Age UK Milton Keynes we help older people make the most of technology by offering personal support or the opportunity to join our computer club. As well as this the EE National Techy Tea Parties will give older people the chance on the high street to experience all that the Internet can offer.”
The Internet offers huge benefits Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: “There are huge benefits to being connected in a world that is becoming increasingly digital but technology is moving so fast and it can be hard to keep up.
Through EE National Techy Tea Party Day we want to use our staff’s expert knowledge to help those most in need to develop these key digital skills.”
The campaign, which up until now has only run at a local level, has already won the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for its influence in boosting digital literacy and its success with helping local communities overcome their tech challenges.
To register to attend a Techy Tea Party on 9 September visit your local EE store or go to http://ee.co.uk/ttpday.
For more information on local services contact Age UK Milton Keynes on 01908 550700 or log onto www.ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk