EE has partnered with Age UK to launch what they’re calling ‘EE National Techy Tea Party Day’ on Tuesday 9th September 2014. Between 9.30am and 11am on that day, over 500 EE shops and offices will be hosting events to help members of the public improve their basic digital skills.
Around 100 ‘Techy Tea Parties’ have been run by EE at a local level since 2012, although this is the first national party. They’re aimed at people of all ages who’d like to improve their understanding of online services and technology.
Anyone interested is being encouraged to register in-store or by visiting http://ee.co.uk/ttpday.
Recent research has shown there are currently six million people in the UK who’ve never been online, of whom 4.8 million are aged 65 and over.
June Whitfield CBE, Age UK’s ambassador, said “I believe that we should all be given the chance to learn basic digital skills. There are endless opportunities online and I would encourage everyone, no matter what their age, to embrace it. One of the great advantages is being able to keep in contact with family members and friends no matter where they are. Anyone who has yet to get online should certainly give it a try, and National Techy Tea Party Day is a chance to get started.”
Go ON UK, UK Online Centres, Marie Curie Cancer Care, EON, the Post Office, the National Citizenship Service, the Royal Voluntary Service, Argos and Wembley have all pledged support for the scheme. Samsung is the device partner, while Asda and Tetley have agreed to provide tea and biscuits for all the EE events.