Published: 8th Jan 2019

A new scheme will see homes in rural Essex become ‘smart homes’ with homeowners trained as digital ‘boomers’ to help others improve their digital skills. The experts will then open their homes for older people to visit so they can learn first hand from their peers how to make the most of smart technology to control household appliances, book GP appointments online, contact friends and family by video, and shop online. Younger, ‘digital buddies’ will also be on hand to support with digital skills. The homes, to be created by a partnership led by Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service, will be funded through a share of £400,000 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to improve older and disabled people’s lives through the Digital Inclusion Innovation Fund. The fund will also see an app created by the Down’s Syndrome Association to allow people with Down’s Syndrome to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)