Glasgow’s Golden Generation (GGG), a leading Glasgow charity for older adults, has received recognition for their digital inclusion service and partnership working throughout the city.
The charity, this year celebrating their 75-year anniversary, has worked with Sky and other funders to provide a digital inclusion service to older adults in Glasgow. Launching in October last year, their Sky Up Digital Hub has supported more than 200 service users to get online.
Shaun Leinster, Senior Digital Inclusion Officer at GGG, said:
“We were delighted to receive the recognition from Sky, who we partnered with last year. Since launching the hub, our digital inclusion project has strived forward, and it’s been great to have our own dedicated space to host ‘digital cafes’ and drop-in sessions.”
Since the launch, the charity has made links with job centres, housing associations and other charities, including Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) and Jewish Care Scotland. GGG were commended last week at a celebration event at the Sky UK headquarters in London for the impact they are having in their community.
Shaun continued: “We support older adults with all sorts of problems including accessing council services online, using price comparison sites and setting up new devices. We also host weekly sessions to help build up practical skills such as sending emails, online safety tips and downloading apps.
“As well as learning, our sessions are also about bringing people together to help alleviate the effects of loneliness and isolation. It’s been great working with partners across Glasgow, particularly GAMH. Times are tough for charities at the moment and if we work together we can help support the people who need help the most.”
Fiona Ball, Group Director, Bigger Picture & Sustainability, Sky, said:
“Sky Up is our programme to tackle digital inequality and provide vital skills training to 250,000 people through a dedicated £10 million fund. Our partnership with Glasgow’s Golden Generation helps to bridge the digital skills gap and support over 65s to get online in Scotland. We look forward to continuing our vital work with them next year and a huge congratulations to everyone involved.”
GGG also runs two day centres throughout Glasgow, where service users can spend the day, as well as welfare advice, befriending service and clubs support to help older adult run clubs throughout the city.
The Sky Up Digital Hub is open to support older adults in Glasgow with their tech needs. Visit www.glasgowgg.org.uk or call 0141 221 9924 to find out more about the support offered.