We partnered with social enterprise Starting Point Stockport to invite to try the latest technology designed to boost wellbeing and improve their digital skills at an event for Get Online Week.

The event, which took place at the new Age UK Hub on the 17 October in Stockport included a tech experience with VR headsets, robotic pets, Fitbits, and a range of smart devices.

There was also a demonstration of new online learning platform ‘Learn Worlds’, which has a range of useful information for Stockport residents on how to do things online and support others to develop their digital skills, with user guides, session plans, digital inclusion quizzes and more.

As part of the day, people supported by the charity who have had life-changing experiences using technology will talk about the positive impact of technology.

Andrew Kendall, Chief Commercial Officer at AFG said: “At AFG we believe the right technology can help improve the lives of people with a learning disability or a mental health condition.

“Nothing can replace the human relationships that are at the heart of good care and support, but technology used smartly in a person-centred way can widen possibilities and enhance independence.”

Starting Point are a social enterprise based in Woodley focusing on supporting residents with digital inclusion. The organisation provides free informal digital skills training, free sim cards with data via the national databank and loan digital devices free of charge to support residents to get online.