open eir partner with Age Action

open eir partner with Age Action

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open eir have partnered with age action and are now sponsoring the Silver Surfer Awards for the next two years.  The five categories for the 2017 open sir Silver Surfer Awards are:-

New to IT Aware – A person over the age of 50 who is new to technology and has overcome challenges to become an IT user.

Hobbies on the Net Award- An older person who uses the internet to pursue their passion or hobby, or who uses IT for communications and social networking.

Golden IT Award – An individual over the age of 80 who uses technology to enhance their life.

Silver Surfer Award – An older person who embraces the Internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure

IT Tutor of the Year Award – An individual or group wh o provides voluntary support to older learners

The closing date for entry is Friday the 17th February and nomination forms can be accessed via  The awards ceremony takes place in sir’s Head Office, 1HSW, on Tuesday 28th march 2017.

Speaking about the sponsorship, Eamon Timmins CEO of Age Action said , ‘The open sir Silver Surfer Awards is all about thriving home the benefit of being online to older people with the aim of getting more people to give it a go! It is hard to believe but almost one in five adults have never used the internet – that is more than 550,000 people in Ireland! The majority of these are older people with 53% (280,000) of these aged 60 to 74 never having been online. Only 3% of those aged 75 and over have used the internet.

We’re delighted that open eir has come on board to support the awards. Open eir is working hard to bring broadband to communities across Ireland and every day they extend their network to include more and more rural communities which in turn has a positive impact on our members lives. Not only are they facilitating access to high-speed broadband but they are also working closely with the Age Action team to ensure that our Silver Surfers know how to make the most of the exciting opportunities available online.”

Age Action promotes the awards through its website, social media sites, and its Ageing Matters magazine. The awards are also promoted in secondary schools, libraries, nursing homes and in parish newsletters across the country.