The Digital Age Project is a project led by LGNI and supported by the Big Lottery Fund for NI ‘Reaching Out Connecting Older People’ Programme. The project supports the use of technology as a tool to link generations whilst promoting digital and social inclusion of older people.
Year 3: 2017 Generations GO!
One to One Intergenerational I.T. Learning
The project is now entering its third year of delivery with LGNI as the lead partner of the entire project, coordinating the delivery of IT courses and intergenerational projects. In its third year the project aims to deliver programmes in 8 post primary schools with approximately 10 older participants and 10 pupils involved (total 80 older people and 80 younger people), 4 one off digital inclusion sessions with specific groups over the summer e.g. summer schemes, care home, workplaces (older workers), youth groups etc., 11 workshops (1 per new council area) focusing on Intergenerational Practice and its applicability to Digital Inclusion and a final conference event.
Year 1 & 2: 2014-2016
Working with Sheltered Housing
Over 2014-2016 the project has co-ordinated and delivered IT courses to older people within residential schemes and, through linking the schemes with local schools / youth groups, delivered intergenerational sessions using ICT as a tool to create links between older and younger people in communities, with the aim of creating better understanding and interaction.
For Year 3 of the project, The Digital Age Project partnership will be made up of existing partners LGNI, Ignite IT, Go ON NI and new partners NI Housing Executive, DENI (both advisory), Juniper Consulting and informal consortium groups such as – Newry Mourne and Down Senior Citizens Consortium, AGENDA, County Down Rural Community Network.
For Years 1 & 2: the partnership consisted of LGNI, Ignite IT, Go On NI, NIFHA, Learning & Work Institute and Zenith IT Solutions.