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Digitally excluded: The 90,000 Norfolk households not going online

Dan Grimmer

Older people can lack the confidence to go online, according to Norfolk County Council research.

More than 90,000 homes in Norfolk have no or very limited access to the internet, either because of lack of connections, not being able to afford it or not having the confidence to use it.

Research has shown that almost a quarter of the county’s homes are defined as “digitally excluded”.

A similar study in London showed just 15pc of households there were unable or unlikely to use the internet.

The Norfolk County Council research showed homes where people were unlikely, or unable, to use the internet included “significant” numbers of older people, families on low incomes and those living in social housing.

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Man’s random acts of kindness melt hearts around the world

A kindhearted man embarked on a mission to help strangers with everyday things.

Joe, a London-based Maths tutor, decided that he wanted to dedicate a day to doing nice things for people he didn’t know.

In the video, Joe walks around asking people: “Can I help you with anything?”

At first, people seem sceptical, and Joe admits that most people seemed suspicious of his question.

“People don’t really want your help enough for them to put themselves in danger of someone who might have ulterior motives.”

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Who cares for the carers?

David Mowat, Minister for Community Health and Care at the Department of Health, highlights the Carers Strategy, and how it gives carers the recognition and support they deserve…

As a constituency MP I meet a whole array of people who need my help and support: a woman caring for her husband who has dementia, or a father with his autistic child. They form part of a silent army of carers, who do what they do because they love the person they care for. Many don’t even see themselves as carers.

With an ageing population, the demands on our health and care system are growing. The incredible job that these unpaid carers do, supplementing services and giving their own time to provide much-needed support, will only become more important. But who is caring for the carers?

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