Pictured: Brenda O’Mulloy, Internet Champion 2012
Age UK has have launched a search for its Internet Champion of the Year for 2013, with the aim of inspiring the 824,000[i] people in the South East who have never been online.
The charity is looking for someone aged 55+ whose life has been changed for the better by learning to use the internet. The aim of the search is to demonstrate that with benefits such as keeping in touch with loved ones, making savings and pursuing hobbies, the Web isn’t just for computer geeks or young people but has benefits for everyone.
However, 31% of older people say they do not use the internet because they feel they have ‘no need for it’[ii], whilst 24% say they are ‘too old to use the internet’[iii]. The Internet Champion will inspire older people to get online by showing them how it enhanced their life and demonstrating that the benefits of the web are open to everyone, whatever their age.
To enter the Internet Champion of the Year search or to nominate someone else visit www.ageuk.org.uk/internet-champions or call 0800 169 2081 to request an application. The competition closes on 10 January 2013.