According to Central Statistical Office data (Use of Information and Communication Technology in Households in 2018), 60% of 65+ people have never used the Internet. During the COVID-19 pandemic, e-inclusion of senior citizens became a particularly urgent problem. Our diagnoses of seniors’ needs in ten municipalities showed that the seniors consider lack of access to the digital world one of their main problems.
The project aims to counteract digital exclusion and its consequences among senior citizens.
We will provide digital lessons for 60+ people (three training sessions each on tablets and smartphones, focusing on communication tools and using e-services). We will devise and implement in six municipalities a digital voluntary program for the seniors (two program workshops, volunteer training). In another six municipalities, seniors and institutions will devise municipal programs to adapt public services to elderly needs (three program meetings in each municipality). All participants will realize their own local community initiatives. Through the Active Senior Academy, we will provide training for twenty senior spokespersons (four training sessions online and 2 excursions), and awareness measures (min. twenty webinars) and organize a know-how sharing group for people concerned from all over Poland. We will make a film and hold a national conference on our accomplishments.
Senior citizens from twelve rural municipalities and small towns (up to 20 000 inhabitants) will participate.
120 60+ people will gain active digital world use skills, and thirty will pass on the attained knowledge and skills remotely to a minimum of another 100 senior citizens. Twenty will become spokespersons for the community for municipal authorities and autonomous institutions.