UK Youth will equip its young steering group members, UK Youth Voice, with the skills and resources to peer educate 144 young volunteers. These young volunteers will then support 720 older people in Abbeyfield Care Houses to use the internet.
UK Youth will manage;
- the production of digital training materials
- monitoring and reporting systems
- and the recruitment and retention of young volunteers from our network.
Young Volunteers will be supported by UK Youth and Abbeyfield to construct a bespoke individual learning programme based on the older person’s strengths, to allow them to continue their hobbies and interests, use services and stay in contact with friends and family.
The project will strive to reduce intergenerational tensions by addressing isolation and prejudice between generations. By strengthening the young and older people's understanding of each other in mutually beneficial learning experiences the project will foster intergenerational relationships within society. It will also help to promote digital inclusion as it helps to address the fears and aspirations, needs and requirements of older people going online.
Older people will gain access to various new communication methods and younger people will be empowered to use their digital knowledge to improve other people’s lives and appreciate the value of older people's experiences. This project will bring people together in the real and virtual world.