There is a growing digital divide between generations. As our services and communities are increasingly moving online, it is more important than ever to ensure no-one is left behind on the journey to a digital world.

“Hi Digital” is a step-by-step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online (often 65+ years old).

“Hi Digital” is a free online course developed by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with NGOs Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. 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.

Participants can work independently or alongside a mentor (a volunteer from Active Retirement Ireland) over a number of weeks to complete all of the lessons. Others may have assistance from their children, grandchildren, or other people from their community.

Vision

Everyone has the right to a digital life; the comprehension and confidence to explore all the possibilities the internet has to offer.

Mission

“Hi Digital’s” mission is to give everyone free access to the essential tools needed to become digitally independent. Increasing levels of digital literacy can have a positive impact on practical life and mental health. It leads to more opportunities to connect with essential services and engage socially with friends and family.

Connectivity

We know that lack of internet connection is often a barrier to pursuing digital skills which is why “Hi Digital” has teamed up with Vodafone Broadband Connection Points, public locations which have been selected to receive high-speed connectivity, to roll out training at scale across the country.

To find out more about face to face training with an Active Retirement Ireland mentor please contact vif.ie@vodafone.com.

Collaboration

About Vodafone Ireland Foundation

Connecting for good is an integral part of Vodafone Ireland’s brand identity. The Vodafone Ireland Foundation, set up in 2003, runs a wide range of community initiatives and programmes for the business, including charity partnerships with Active Retirement Ireland and Alone

Vodafone Ireland Foundation is one of 27 Vodafone Foundations around the world, dedicated to supporting groups across all segments of society seeking to make a real difference in their communities. Using Vodafone’s world-class technology, the Vodafone Foundations partner with organisations towards connecting for good

About Active Retirement Ireland

Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a voluntary organisation for older people with a national membership of over 24,500 people and over 550 local associations. Members range in age from 50 -100+ years and cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds. As an organisation, ARI believes that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect. Older people all have different interests and needs, which ARI aims to identify and fulfil.

The organisation is run by voluntary committees at local, regional and national level giving approximately 4200 volunteers.

All the activities are aimed at keeping older people active and well. Active Retirement Associations are a lifeline for many older people who would otherwise feel isolated and lonely.

About ALONE

ALONE is a charity that works with older people who are socially isolated, homeless, living in poverty or crisis and supports them to age at home.

They provide direct support to hundreds of older people every week through four main services – Support Coordination, Befriending, Housing with Support, and Campaigns for Change.

ALONE does not duplicate services provided by other organisations, but works in partnership to ensure the best outcome for the older person in need.  Every older person who comes to ALONE for help receives a direct service or are referred on to an organisation who can provide them with the support they require

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