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Colder weather is on its way

The first blast of winter is around the corner which could lead to snow over the Pennines.

It's brought calls for people to keep an eye out for their elderly neighbours and raised questions as to whether our councils are geared up to cope with the conditions as Chris Kiddey reports.


Picture: Extension starts at Lincoln community centre

The extension of the site starts today Credit: PA

Work to expand a community centre for the eldery in Lincolnshire starts today. Age UK say seven hundred thousand pounds is being spent on the building in Park Street.

The centre runs a variety of classes for older people in the city, with opportunities for people to socialise and gain advice on a range of issues. There is a hairdressers, restaurant and computer suite More than 1,800 customers come through the charity's doors every week.

Age UK search for Internet Champion

Age UK is searching for an internet champion over the age of 55. The Internet Champion 2013 will be someone over 55 whose life has been changed for the better by learning to use the internet.

The charity is hoping they will inspire the 713,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber who have never been online.

  • 31% of older people say they do not use the internet because they feel they have "no need for it"
  • 24% of older people say they are "too old to use the internet"

We know first-hand that the internet can have a massively positive effect on the lives of older people. Despite five million people aged 65+ across the country having used the internet, we know that there as many still to be convinced about the benefits of the Web. Therefore we’re looking for someone aged 55+ to be our Internet Champion who can demonstrate to their peers all that the internet can offer.”

– David Mortimer, Head of Digital Inclusion at Age UK

Find out more here.