How can new technology help?

Technology has been developing faster than ever before, and there is no doubt that the digital revolution has transformed our daily lives. Access to the internet and digital technology are changing the way people connect, engage with information and support.

With the right advice and support, using technology and the internet can greatly enhance your life in many ways. It offers many positive benefits and can make life a lot easier for you. Digital technology can help with many areas of your life:  

Managing your health 

  • Book GP appointments
  • Order prescriptions
  • Research health information
  • Set up 'alerts' which remind you to take your medicine and attend medical appointments
  • Listen to meditation music to help you relax and sleep better
  • Download healthy eating tips and recipes, diet and weight loss advice, and exercise programmes
  • Get help and support on how to look after your health
  • Find local health services and information easily and quickly on NHS Choices.

Staying in touch

  • With friends and family
  • Enjoy 'live' interaction on Skype or Facetime
  • Connect with a like-minded people in your local area
  • Feel involved and supported, communicate and share your experience with others.

Online shopping

  • Find the best prices for products and services
  • Buy your food, general groceries, home supplies, clothes, health supplements and other items and have your shopping delivered straight to your home at a time that is convenient to you.


  • Have access to research, further education, and information.
  • How-to videos and talks on Youtube.

Practical day-to-day services

  • Buying insurance, paying you gas, electricity and telephone bills
  • Book travel
  • Organise your pension, car tax, blue badge renewal
  • Find services for your home repairs.


  • Make payments and transfers
  • Check your bank balance

Getting involved

  • Participate in debates
  • Have your say on issues
  • Join local community forums and groups
  • Find out about social activities
  • Stay in touch with friends and family.


  • Keep up to date with the latest news 
  • Check the weather forecast.


  • Watch films
  • Watch TV programmes with subtitles
  • Read books, listen to music or radio
  • Play games to keep your mind active. 


Useful contacts:

Age UK Richmond Community Services
Phone: 020 8744 1965

GoLocal for Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes, Twickenham or Whitton
Phone: 020 8973 1877

Community Partnership for Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham,Teddington or The Hamptons
Phone: 020 8831 6464