Help your neighbours with digital switchoverBy Victoria Smith
January 04, 2012
Volunteers are urging residents to lend a helping hand to older and disabled members of the community in the run up to the digital switchover.
Brendan Flynn, who is facilities and procurement manager at Bracknell Forest Homes and a help scheme volunteer for the Switchover Help Scheme, is urging fellow Bracknell folk to follow in his footsteps.
There is just a few weeks to go until Bracknell’s switchover. Brendan said: “Digital switchover is happening in Bracknell in February and even if you’re ready, you may have friends or neighbours who may be confused about what to do.
The Switchover Help Scheme offers practical support to help older and disabled people convert one of their TV sets to digital.
“We can all lend a helping hand by making sure that older and disabled members of our community know about the help they can get from the Help Scheme so please take the time to check with then to see if they are ready or require assistance.”
The Hannington transmitter serving parts of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey will begin to switch to digital on February 8.
Eligible people have been posted a Help Scheme information pack explaining the offer and will be getting a follow up reminder letter.
However, Brendan is urging everyone who has already switched to digital to reach out to those older and disabled people they know who may still need help, and have not yet made contact with the Help Scheme.
For more information call 0800 408 7654. Any eligible person who needs help to apply can nominate someone else to complete their form for them.
If you would like to find out more about the Help Scheme and who is eligible to apply, log on to www.helpscheme.co.uk.