Age UK Devon

With the number of over 50s in Devon set to rise by 14.5{a5b7970aed6bc6c43cc2e7d6e3c429d137483f4158e62a10a211b4ee5d30f265} (over 358,000) by 2016, it’s imperative that older people are supported to gain the necessary skills to benefit from the internet.


The largest independent charity in the county, Age UK Devon, is working independently to support older people and is a great example of a charity that’s helping people shop, find important health information and keep in touch with family and friends online, whatever their age. And now, thanks to IT tutor, Dave Howe, it’s inspiring internet beginners nationally. As one of Age UK’s Internet Champions of the Year 2011, Dave, 70, is helping to show the 6 million older off-liners in the UK that they too are never too old to go online.


Dave, who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, says “the only way I can describe it is that the internet has changed my life.”  He uses the internet to manage his household bills and utilities, act as a secretary to the UK Stamp Club and to help others at Age UK Devon. At this year’s Go ON ND11 digital champion celebration, moments before chatting to host Gloria Hunniford over Skype, Dave even received praise for being a digital champion from Prime Minister David Cameron. Watch the PM’s video to champs here.

  • Age UK Devon is one of many organisations that’s inspiring digital champions across the UK.  Please tell us your story and share your promise in action with us here.