Bring neighbours Together Through Tech this winter ❄️

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This winter shorter days and time spent indoors — combined with the impact of the pandemic —will leave many feeling disconnected. That’s why we’ve been busy connecting our community through technology training, running winter social clubs, and creating one-to-one friendships, increasing the confidence and wellbeing of our neighbours.

The digital divide has been exacerbated over the last 18 months. Before the pandemic, 11.9 million people in the UK lacked digital skills and 52% of those people were aged over 60. But the impact of a global pandemic has meant that more people than ever feel disconnected and, as a result, lonely. The need for connection is now more crucial than ever.

This year, we are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge to support our winter social activities bringing people together through tech, to break down the barriers that can make the world an isolating and lonely place for younger and older neighbours alike.

You can support our campaign now and your donation will instantly double in size!

Anne Pheasey

Since March 2020, we started working together with younger neighbours to help older neighbours get online. This includes neighbours like Liz (70), who after getting support to join Zoom told us “having time together and a purpose at the moment, when you are on your own is so useful". 

We've seen many older neighbours thriving online, not only joining our Virtual Social Clubs but also using tech to catch up with family and independently use online services. And this has also opened up new ways for our volunteers to help and get involved. Like Roohi, who joined a recent Tech Social Club and told us: "I just want to say I’ve had a lovely hour with Lynne, we did a bit of tech and then just talked about anything and everything"

What started out as older and younger people tackling the digital world together, has turned into new opportunities for friendships and connection, and this is what bringing people together through tech is all about.

How can I support Together Through Tech?

This year, we are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, raising money to keep neighbours in south London connected through our core programmes and offering technological support to those who need it. 

We will be connecting our older neighbours to our social activities to share time, conversation and friendship. Your support will enable us to reach out to new people in our community, provide older neighbours with digital skills through group workshops and encourage neighbours to join our social clubs and one-to-one friendship programme.

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How does the Big Give Christmas Challenge work?

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 is a match funding campaign, which will take place from 12pm 30th November 2021 – 12pm 7th December 2021. This year we have a target of £10,000 to go towards our Together Through Tech project. Each pound you donate will be matched by our match funders, helping us get closer to our goal by the end of the week. 

How much should I donate?

  • £128 could connect four new older neighbours to our Manchester community for friendship and wider support
  • £50 could fund a facilitator to host a fun activity at a winter Social Club
  • £10 could help an older neighbour to improve their digital skills at a tech social club
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    How do I take part?

    You can donate now via the Big Give website using a credit/debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay. Remember that only donations made here will be doubled.

    You can also massively support this campaign by sharing our content on social media and inviting your friends and family to double their donations too.

    Isabel Rivera

    Posted by Isabel Rivera on Thursday 11th November 2021

    Isabel is the Development Coordinator at Manchester Cares

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