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Digital Services Hosts Its First Techy Tea Party!

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On January 22nd, the Europe Digital Services team hosted its first “Techy Tea Party” to help a group of 10 older Londoners improve their digital skills and have a good chat whilst enjoying a very British tea party at the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. These kind of sessions can really make a difference to older people’s confidence in using the internet and technology that many of us take for granted.

The event was run in partnership with Marriott Digital Services and St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, and was held in conjunction with:

  • Age UK London – the UK’s largest charity working with older people
  • Time Bank – a UK based national volunteering charity which runs volunteer mentoring projects to tackle complex social issues

Once the attendees arrived and were settled in, the hotel’s Marketing Manager, Gaston Bernard, treated the group to a tour of the prestigious hotel. During the tour, the group saw the hotel’s famous Grand Staircase (below), which featured in the Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ music video and Harry Potter films, and they even got to enjoy an impromptu piano repertoire from Fernando Carvalho from the Europe team too.

The Grand Staircase_St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel(Image Source: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel)

Below, the group enjoying a tour of the Hansom Lounge at St. Pancras Renaissance London.

Marriott Digital Services Europe Techy Tea Party(Image Source: Claire Bell)

After the tour, the group (who were from seven boroughs across London) were paired up with members of the Digital Services team (and Gaston) to start work! The team provided the attendees with advice to help solve a range of their digital questions. These varied from support with email, to how best to use Fitbits, getting set up on Snapchat and much more.

5.7 million people in later life have never used the internet, and many more find it difficult to stay up to date with the pace of new technology. Not only are they missing out on all the great services technology can provide, research shows that being online can reduce depression for older people so it’s vital that we help older people to get online and make the most of new technology. Timebank, UK

Once the session was finished, all of the attendees enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea party kindly provided by the hotel. This included traditional scones with jam and lashings of clotted cream which were enjoyed by all!

The attendees shared how useful they found the experience; the attendees and Europe team made some new friends for life!

The Europe team is looking into carrying out more Techy Tea Parties in the future, so stay tuned. For any questions, or if your hotel would like to host a future event please contact Claire Bell, Senior Manager – Europe.

Techy Tea Party(Image Source: Claire Bell)

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