Age UK to help make tv switch over smoother

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Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire is to mobilise an army of charities and volunteers to help residents make the switch to digital TV in Nottinghamshire.

The charity will work with other charities and voluntary groups to prepare people for the switchover, which starts on 30 March 2011. The appointment has been made on behalf of Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the switchover.

Age UK Notts will mobilise local charities across the Nottinghamshire area to hold events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV. Charity staff and volunteers will also be invited to attend free briefing sessions to understand the process and learn about the Switchover Help Scheme. Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the advice and support given at these events.

Mick Tinkler, Chief Exective of Age UK Notts, said: “Switching to digital TV will be straightforward for many people, but some others will need help, practical advice or reassurance.

“We look forward to working with our fellow charities to provide that support in the Nottinghamshire area and help prepare the local community for switchover. We will also encourage those who are eligible to apply for the Switchover Help Scheme.”

Local charities can apply for free briefing places, and for funding through a Small Grants Scheme set up to encourage extra events locally. Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover will also be provided.

The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, has also been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV. It is writing to eligible people in the area. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get (or could get) certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.

For more information about the switchover please contact Tony Greasley (tony.greasley@ageuknotts.org.uk) at Age UK Notts, 12 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, Tel: 0115 8440011