EE to tackle digital exclusion in North East

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The operator and charity Go ON UK are hoping to reduce the number of people in the region who lack basic online skills by 25 per cent

EE has launched a number of new initiatives to tackle digital exclusion across the North East.

The operator will host digital skills session across the region as part of a project called Go ON North East, which is led by Go ON UK, a charity established by Baroness Lane-Fox.

Together with the charity, EE is hoping to reduce the number of adults in the North East who lack basic online skills – an estimated 500,000 – by 25 per cent in the next 12 months.

Initiatives include Techy Tea Parties, during which guests from Age UK will spend two hours one-to-one with an EE volunteer over tea and biscuits. They will be taught how to text, use an iPad, or set up an email account.

Across the first week of October the tea parties will run in Middlesborough, Darlington, Newcastle and Sunderland.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “Digital exclusion is a serious issue. Research shows that being online has significant benefits for people; from improving educational outcomes of young people to countering social isolation and depression among the elderly.

“By improving the UK’s digital infrastructure and sharing the magic of technology, we can help people get more from the digital world.”

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