Lone surfing

The number of older people living on their own who use the internet has really grown over the last 10 years.

In 2000, just 11% of single pensioners had internet access at home - now almost 40% are online.

I think it's fantastic. No need to pop out for a pint of milk. Gone are the days of going to your bank to pay a bill. For older people without family or friends nearby they don't have to feel alone anymore. Ok, it's no substitution for human contact but lets face it, it helps.

One of our mentoring projects, Digitall, has been helping all sorts of people (including older people) to get to grips with computers and the internet. Young volunteer Hema supported the young at heart Penny. Penny is now on Facebook. She emails her family over in Canada and has become 'cool grandma' to her grandkids. Brilliant eh? Take a look at our film about them here

So, if you know an older person who lives alone, give them a hand to get surfing so they're not so alone anymore.