Online Today

A visually impaired man using a laptopWe live in a world that is becoming ever more digitally-focussed and we understand that this world of ‘social’ media can sometimes be rather daunting and isolating.

Online Today is a Big Lottery funded project led by RNIB, delivered in partnership, to help people with sensory loss across the UK get online. Sense is a partner in the Online Today project.

It’s about reaching people with sensory loss who have limited or no experience of using technology and helping them to develop the basic skills, confidence and motivation to get online. The project aims to help people become aware of the benefits of digital technology- everything from email to Skype, to learning the basics of a tablet or smartphone.

Sense aims to get 1000 people online, by giving them the right information and support to develop their skills. We started on 1st April 2015 and have already reached over 300 people. The project will come to an end in December 2017.

Want to get involved? Here are some ideas…

Idea 1

Want to find out more about any digital activity already going on in your area for yourself or a friend or relative? Then get in touch with project officer Jessica on 07557 650513 or, if you have digital access, email us at

We can tell you if any digital activity is going on in local services, such as workshops or groups, or point you in the direction of partner organisations that may be able to help.

Idea 2

Are you, or do you know someone who would like to get involved in the digital world but needs 1:1 support? If so, let us know. Some areas have tutors available to visit people in their home to help them become more familiar with the digital world. This is location-dependent so get in touch to find out more.

Idea 3

Do you have a sensory loss and are already a user of digital equipment, such as a tablet? Do you think you could help inspire others to ‘get online’? This could be anything from writing a piece for our blog to appearing at a workshop as a peer source of support. If so, you could become one of our valuable digital champions. Get in touch with co-ordinator Steven by emailing to find out more.

Idea 4

Would you like to become a volunteer for the project? We need people to help deliver basic digital sessions to groups that have very little or no experience and confidence of getting online. If this sounds like something you could help with, email us on the technology email address above.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing as many people get online today, tomorrow and further into the future!

Lottery funded


First published: Tuesday 5 April 2016
Updated: Friday 14 October 2016