Helping hands needed for the Digital Switchover

Gloria Hunniford and local volunteers (left to right) Evelyn Doyle, Elizabeth Armstrong and Ann Beedham spread the word about the Switchover Help Scheme. As part of the scheme Evelyn, Elizabeth and Anne will be helping older and vulnerable people in Northern Ireland make the move from analogue to digital ahead of the Switchover in October 2012.
Gloria Hunniford and local volunteers (left to right) Evelyn Doyle, Elizabeth Armstrong and Ann Beedham spread the word about the Switchover Help Scheme. As part of the scheme Evelyn, Elizabeth and Anne will be helping older and vulnerable people in Northern Ireland make the move from analogue to digital ahead of the Switchover in October 2012.

Northern Ireland is moving to Digital-only TV in October 2012. To make the transition as easy as possible, Age NI is calling on volunteers in the Newtownabbey area aged 50+ to get involved in the Switchover Help Scheme which offers everyone aged 75 and over, practical help to switch their TV to digital before switchover in October.

Volunteers could be called upon to visit someone in their area to explain more about the scheme, to sit with them while an engineer installs equipment or to provide a follow up visit.

Anne O’Reilly Chief Executive of Age NI explained: “When switchover comes to Northern Ireland later this year, most people will find it easy to make the switch but some older people may be unsure about what they need to do.

“That’s why we are asking people aged 50+ to get involved in the Home Visit Service to help older people make the switch to digital in plenty of time. Volunteers don’t need to have any specialist or technical knowledge as a training and information session will be provided to let them know more about the scheme and what they can do to help.”

Nigel Tilson, Area Manager for the Switchover Help Scheme in Northern Ireland added: “Many people are baffled by technology and often struggle to use the telephone or complete forms. The Home Visit service is a great way to receive expert advice and support in your own home. Volunteers can help to fill in Switchover Help Scheme forms, make calls and can even be there when equipment is being installed. It’s an excellent service.”

For more information on how you can get involved call Age NI on Tel: 028 9024 5729 or email: info@ageni.org

Meanwhile, if you, or an older person you know, is in need of advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence.