Working together to Fife's over 55s online

Published: Tuesday 09 Oct 2012

Digital Participation Event

Digital Participation Event

WORKING together to get Fife’s over 55s online was top of the agenda at an event held this week.

Fife was chosen to host the Digital Participation Event which brought older people’s groups from around the Kingdom together with representatives from the business community, Scottish Government, Fife Council and NHS Fife.

It’s hoped that by working together the number of people over the age of 55 getting online will increase.

There are a number of different ways in which using digital technology can help in everyday life from keeping in touch with friends via a social networking site, to paying bills online or ordering weekly shopping.

But for many it isn’t always easy and many older Fifers may feel excluded for a wide range of reasons.

On the day presentations were given by Colin Cook, Depute Digital Director from Scottish Government, Dr Stella Clarke eHealth Lead from NHS Fife and Charlie Anderson, Head of IT from Fife Council.

In addition at the event organised by the Digital Participation Group, a “speed dating” session gave local groups a chance to highlight what they needed to help them get online.

Joe Fitzpatrick, Head of Education (Communities) who opened the event, said: “It was fantastic that Fife was chosen to host the event because the Council and other partners have already carried out a wide range of innovative work to improve digital participation.

”Following this event, we’re hoping that other businesses and local people will come forward and help support the work being carried out to get more and more people in the Kingdom online.”

Alison McLaughlin Chair of the older person's work stream for the Digital Participation Group said: “The event was a big success. It was great to hear of all the work already underway to get people digitally engaged in Fife. Attendees also shared knowledge and experience and some good connections were made for joining up activities.

”After hearing about ongoing projects, businesses and organisations pledged their support.
”By using a speed dating approach, we matched needs with commitments of support that will enable more over 55s in Fife to get online.”


 Businesses can pledge their support to helping others get online by contacting Sheena Watson, Team Leader, Digital Inclusion on 08451 55 55 55 ext 460829 or email



Caption:        Pictured from left at the event Joe Fitzpatrick, Head of Education (Communities) Fife Council, Dr Stella Clarke, eHealth Lead, NHS Fife, Councillor Ian Sloan who is also one of Fife’s Digital Champions, Colin Cook, Depute Digital Director, Scottish Government, Charlie Anderson, Head of IT, Fife Council, Sheena Watson, Team Leader, Digital Inclusion, Fife Council and Alison McLaughlin Chair of the older person's work stream for the Digital Participation Group.


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