Savvy surfers to share computer skills

As part of the biggest single day of volunteering, teenagers and computer enthusiasts are being encouraged to spend time with people who have never accessed the internet to combat isolation and loneliness for CSV Make a Difference Day on Saturday 29 October 2011.

There are 9 million people in the UK who have never used the internet; most are older people aged 65 or over and others are from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. A powerful way to tackle loneliness and isolation is for people who are already internet savvy to teach others about Facebook, Skype, emailing, blogs and community forums to enable them to make new friends and meet new people.

Research shows a third of people live on there own and one million people who are over 65 are lonely and cut off from their community. Most British residents wouldn’t recognise their next door neighbour if they passed them on the street and 70% don’t know their names. Get to know your neighbours and inspire them about the internet by finding out the latest news and sports on online news, watch funny videos for free on YouTube, discover local health centres and information on NHS Choices and search the ‘seven wonders of the world’ on Google Earth.

Make a Difference Day has teamed up with the Go ON, Give an Hour campaign which is encouraging the UK public to become Digital Champions by making a pledge to transform someone’s life by showing them all the wonderful things about the internet. Make a Difference Day is giving away a free how-to guide with top tips to help someone benefit from being online.

Each year tens of thousands of people take part in the campaign to benefit the community. The nation plants thousands of flowers in community gardens, cemeteries and school playgrounds; helps out in local charity shops; knits hats and gloves for premature babies and visits lonely people in nursing homes, homeless shelters and hospitals – to give a few examples.

Other free How-to Guides include:

  • ‘How-to make a chocolatey difference’ an exclusive chocolate Fridge Cake recipe by Chef, Sam Stern
  • ‘How-to volunteer to combat loneliness’
  • ‘How-to knit an animal blanket’ (because pets get lonely too!)
  • ‘How-to write a difference’ for very sick children in hospitals
  • ‘How-to combat community isolation’

CSV Make a Difference Day is on Saturday 29 October 2011, with activities taking place a week either side. Project Organisers can register their event on the CSV Make a Difference Day website to encourage more people to attend and claim their free Action Pack, which includes certificates, stickers, t-shirts, how-to guides, and a Handbook which contains advice, case studies, hints and tips to help plan and carry out an activity.

To register your event visit or find out more information visit  or call FREEPHONE 0800 284 533 or email

For further press information: Francesca Toma on 020 7812 0037/ 07966 168686 or Jason Tanner on 020 7812 0038 / 07941 433598

Notes for Editors

CSV Make a Difference Day takes place on Saturday 29 October 2011 and activities take part a week either side. More than three quarters of a million people have taken part since the launch of CSV Make a Difference Day in 1996, and thousands more are expected to give time rather than money to improve their local community this year. The campaign is organised by CSV (Community Service Volunteers).

CSV creates opportunities for people to take an active part in the life of their communities through volunteering, training and community action.

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