Halifax Logs On to get Local People Online

22 October 2015

Working with Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association

Around 100 people living in and around Glasgow have been given the opportunity to improve their digital skills and uncover the many benefits that being online can bring as the result of a partnership between Halifax and Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association.

Kicked off by Get Online Week, the bank and senior citizens’ charity opened up the doors of a number of the Associations’ Day Centres to support older people in establishing basic digital skills.

To show people how the internet can make their lives a little easier Halifax colleagues from the bank’s Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen branches hosted sessions to show people how they can use the internet to manage information, communicate more effectively, transact online, find solutions to problems and also create content such as social media posts and pictures.    

The five sessions were run by Halifax colleagues who have pledged to be ‘Digital Champions’,  and build upon the existing relationship between Halifax and Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association, which saw the charity involved in Halifax’ Big lunch earlier this year and benefit from volunteers from the bank transforming one of Day Centre gardens.

Halifax Local Director for Scotland, Lynn Morrison, says: “It was fantastic to be working with Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association and support local people in Glasgow. As Digital Champions within the bank we have made a commitment to support our local communities and customers get online and by working together we can provide even more support to elderly people in the local area.

“People often make assumptions about older people’s attitudes towards, and capabilities, online but we have already seen first hand from so many of our older customers the difference that being online and having basic digital skills can make to their lives, whether that’s being better connected to their friends and family – like my own mother who is now an avid Facebook user at the age of 86 – or being able to save money or make appointments online.”

Helen Milner, Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation which runs the Get Online Week campaign said: "There are almost ten million people who are offline in the UK, and who are missing out on all the benefits the internet can provide - from finding work to learning more, connecting with friends and family to saving money. We're delighted Halifax supported the campaign, and it's only with the support of partners that we're able to have an impact on supporting the people who have the most to benefit from digital".