• John Roche

Digital Skills Training for Older People



Digital Skills Training for Older People is a free, information-packed course that explores the basics of computers, mobile phones, tablets and the internet. The course will take you from beginner level to confident user, giving you confidence in these modern devices so that you can do more online or on your phone.


The programme consists of three different strands:


1. Online learning

A new FREE online learning platform has been created at hidigital.ie where older people can go online and start learning basic digital skills. The modules covered include: • Introduction (what the internet is and what you can do) • Using my smartphone • Connecting with others (email, social media, WhatsApp) • Entertainment and Shopping Online • Hobbies and Travel


2. In-person group classes

Active Retirement Ireland will run in-person group classes across the country for older people alongside mentoring and training. For more information, please call 1800 20 30 30 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.


3. Digital Champion workshops

ALONE will train individuals from organisations that support older people to become Digital Champions through online and in-person workshops.

The workshops will focus on getting an older person online. ALONE has been providing technology to older people for years, we know there can be challenges in accessing and using it. This course will acknowledge and address these challenges, using our experience and case studies to show how best we can support each individual to get online and stay online.


Learning Objectives

1. Understanding of the Digital Champions role in supporting older people with their digital skills 2. Understanding the older person circumstances and building trust 3. Understand the impact technology can have on an older people’s life 4. Able to plan out and support the learning process for the individual 5. Learn how best to facilitate one to one sessions and small groups

Duration: 3 hours Cost: Free IT/Digital Skills required: Basic


Who can attend: Any individual who works in organisation that supports older people and will be able to support older people with their digital skills.

Registration: You can register your interest in attending a workshop with ALONE by emailing digitalskills@alone.ie, you will then be sent a form complete. You can also call ALONE’s Support Line on 0818 222 024