Grandparent forum Gransnet celebrates one year online

May 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A little over a year ago I read about a new website called Gransnet– an online forum for grandparents to discuss all sorts of issues. Interested in broadening my internet ‘favourites’ I checked out the website and was delighted with what was on offer.

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Designed with internet savvy grandparents in mind Gransnet is the perfect place to find other likeminded grandparents who are online. Most importantly Gransnet is easy to use and has a discussion forum for everything- what’s happening in the news, recipes, books, films, general chit chat. Plus it hosts weekly competitions and features special guests who pop in for forums, blog posts and Q&A sessions.

Having recently joined up with aging charity Age UK to encourage more people to get online Gransnet is today celebrating one fantastic year online. Why not celebrate by joining in the Gransnet fun… www.gransnet.com

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Age UK join forces with Gransnet

April 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Since starting my blog I’ve become a regular visitor of Age UK’s website because it is packed with handy information, I’ve even taken part in several of their campaigns including the annual Spread the Warmth crusade and The Big Knit.

Now Age UK has teamed up with Gransnet, a social networking site directed specifically at grandparents, together they are hosting online forums which allow users to interact with other people who are a similar age and have similar lifestyles.

Gransnet Age UK online forum

Age UK recently joined Gransnet to host online forums

The forums covers all sorts of subject areas from hobbies to family and friends, TV and film recommendations to more serious topics like healthcare and politics- there really is something for everyone.

The partnership is set to be extremely successful as both Age UK and Gransnet have loyal followings that will get a lot from each other. Plus both organisations behold the same mission of ensuring a happy and healthy life for older people.

Join the discussions with Age UK and Gransnet here.

Is there a website for grandparents…? Yes!

July 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Lately I’ve come across lots people asking the same question, ‘Is there a website for grandparents?’

With a huge push to get people online, especially the elderly, I think it’s important to highlight the huge range of websites which are online and available to explore. 

But the question is what websites are out there specifically for digital grandparents?

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Gransnet

Are focused around been a grandparent, offering support, advice and some of the the best information available online. The greatest thing about Gransnet and Grannynet is the community feel which they offer. Both sites boast forum set ups, which run solely on the interaction of users- the perfect place to tell your thoughts and opinions. With such a niche audience finding friendships is really easy and makes surfing the internet good fun.

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grandparentsassociation

I thought it was important to include websites which cover the legal rights of grandparents. Both Grandparent Association and Grandparent Plus offer legal help in regards to a grandparent’s role within the family. These sites contain valuable research and campaign policies which can be a greatly inspirational to grandparents.

digital unite

Having a go-to source when you get stuck, confused or aren’t sure what you should do next is really important when getting started online. The Digital Unite website has a specially designed ‘Learning Zone’ which can help get you on track.

I’d recommend this site to everyone because the online guides, which range from how to set up a document, setting up a Twitter account, downloading music and how to watch TV programmes online are incredibly easy to follow with step by step instructions making learning accessible to all. Brilliant!

Are you a grandparent? If so, what websites do you enjoy using or would you recommend to a friend?

The UK’s 66 over 66 – Gold Age Power List by WRVS

June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Putting HRH the Queen, Sir Alex Ferguson and Mick Jagger in the same sentence seems a little bizarre. However, today they have all being listed on the Gold Age Power List which recognises the contributions to society from people aged 66 and over.

The Gold Age Power list or ‘The UK’s 66 over 66’  includes some pretty impressive names and highlight the fact that elderly people here in the UK really are making a difference within all areas of society from arts and literature, business, public services, sports and local community help.

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The judging panels, which  included Good Housekeeping editor Lindsay Nicholson and Gransnet editor Geraldine Bedell, had a tough job choosing the 66 featured (they went for 66 people over the age of 66 as it fitted nicely with the 1945 baby boom).

Of course, the panel did a fantastic job and have managed to include a hugely diverse list of people who have made outstanding contributions and proved that age doesn’t have to come with the stigma of becoming a burden to society.

Joining the Queen on 2011’s list includes Delia Smith, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, David Attenborough, funny man Billy Connolly, my favourite actress Dame Judi Dench, Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis, Sir Paul McCartney and scientist Robert Winston along with a host of others.

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Joining those familiar names is a selection of local volunteers who work tirelessly within their community to make where they work and live much better places. The inclusion of hardworking, ordinary people has really drawn my attention to the list. As it’s wonderful to be able to congratulation volunteers, who save Britain millions of pounds every year, alongside the Queen and other highly thought after figures.

What a great way to show that age doesn’t, and shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving great things!

Annette’s Websites of the Week- Gransnet, Trip Advisor, From Britian with Love

May 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As I spend lots of time online, and would like to encourage others to make the most of the digital world, I’ve decided to add a new weekly feature to my blog.

Annette’s Websites of the Week’ will be updated every Friday and will document the sites that I have visited a lot during the week. I’d like to show you the variety of resources available online and give you my recommendations of sites to visit.

I hope you enjoy my picks and I would love to hear about your favourite websites.

This week’s websites…

www.frombritainwithlove.com – A lovely website which is quintessentially British.

from Britain with loveFrom Britain with Love supports creative British talents and showcases such work. Visually the site is beautiful and really makes you want to go back and see more. I love the craft section and really enjoyed reading the blog. Overall it’s a really lovely site packed with lots of inspiration, a pleasure to click through.

www.gransnet.com- -Online site for Grandparents.

gransnet logoI wrote a blog earlier in the week about new site gransnet.com. Launched only last week Gransnet is an online community for Grandparents to meet and discuss whatever they like. I really like the format of the site and love that it is encouraging its members to join in the hundreds of discussions in the online forum. I’m confident that there is something for everyone on Gransnet as it genuinely is packed with information about EVERYTHING from grandparents rights to must have play time essentials. For me Gransnet.com is a definite recommend.

www.tripadvisor.com – Travel review site.

I’m new to Trip Advisor so can’t go into too much detail. However, I have spent some time on the site this week as I am currently planning a trip to Italy. Trip Advisor basically allows members to write their own reviews (and add photos) on destinations, hotels, tours, restaurants etc.. I think that the concept is brilliant as it adds great variety and honest opinions.

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However, for that reason I would most definitely recommend reading a handful of reviews to get an overall view. It is important to keep in mind that we all have different opinions and different expectations from a holiday so don’t be surprised by a couple of negatives comments.

I read trip advisor alongside a Thomas Cook guide book for added support of travel experts and would most certain recommend making full use of all your resources.

Overall I think that Trip Advisor is a really helpful site with plenty to offer. Even better you can contribute yourself and it’s completely free!

Gransnet- new online site for Grandparents

May 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I recently read about new site ‘Gransnet’ on The Telegraph website. After reading the article I headed over to the site, which calls it members Gransnetter, to see it for myself.

granset Developed after the success of ‘Mumsnet’ the new site is aimed at the older generation and is ultimately creating an online outlet for Grandparents.

I was really impressed with everything that Gransnet has to offer. Firstly you can become a member or Gransnetter for free, from there you can explore the site at your leisure and there is plenty to feast on.

It is set up in a forum style, encouraging members to comment and leave feedback on anything which they feel passionate about. Such discussions take place on the ‘Hot Discussion Board’, where questions are put forward by fellow Gransnetters. There is an endless variety of areas covered, from personal questions about family life to more formal discussions about politics and news.

Exploring more I found that there is lots of features online from gardening, cooking, photography and do’s and don’ts. I should add that all features cleverly try to integrate how to involve your family and specifically grandchildren into such activities; making the site a hub of useful resources for all 21st century, online grandparents.

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I was really happy to see that the site also has Twitter and Facebook accounts, which make the content easy to follow and encourage more elderly people to get into social networking. Even better Gransnet also has great guides which offer step by step help into social media. Offering realistic expectation like don’t expect all of your grandchildren to accept Facebook friend requests and if they do be prepared to see silly photos! This sort of thing makes Gransnet really personable, realistic and quite charming.

I’m really excited by Gransnet and will most definitely be telling my friends about it. The online site really does offer a community feel with lots of discussion and a huge variety of content. Most importantly the site is ultimately offering an online space for Grandparents something which I think is really fantastic. Thanks to Digital Unite there are lots more ‘silver suffers’ but remember that you don’t need to be a computer whiz to get involved you simply need a computer and internet connection.

So go ahead and join the discussion and become a Gransnetter!

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