Over-50s Website Branches Out

An online community for over-50s is launching a series of local sites after receiving a grant.

The Nominet Trust, a charity which backs technology projects with a social mission, handed the money to Gransnet, which has recruited 20 local editors all aged over 50 as part of the new service.

Television presenter Judy Finnegan is one of the celebrity names to have contributed to the Gransnet site.

The local service, due to launch in Blackburn, Worthing, Edinburgh and Oxfordshire initially, will comprise information about classes, events, volunteering roles and various activities in the area.

Ofcom figures suggest that 7.5 million UK adults have never been online, and two fifths of those are aged over 75.

Gransnet founder Geraldine Badell said: "Occasionally in the past our members have admitted to sometimes feeling lonely.

"Gransnet Local will extend the support and friendship we offer online into meet-ups and will provide a forum to discuss everything that's going on locally."

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