The website Gransnet, an online society for the over-50s, is launching a chain of local sites. The novel service has received money from the Nominet Trust, a charity which funds technology projects with a social intention. Ofcom figures propose that 7.5 million UK adults have never been online, and two fifths of those are aged over 75.
Many older people in the UK are still not online, leaving them potentially isolated and at a difficulty. Baroness Lane-Fox supposed she hoped the local Gransnet service, which will contain information about events, classes, volunteering opportunities and other activities applicable to specific areas, would offer an incentive for older people to get online. Author Kathy Lette, TV presenter Judy Finnegan and actor Timothy Spall are among the high-profiles who have contributed to the Gransnet website.