Switch on to Reach Out and Switch Over Week (June 25 -1 July)

Do you work with people who have limited mobility, are older, have less education, live in rural areas, are socially disadvantaged or who have small social circles? If so, you should be aware that your service users or clients may be affected by the switchover from analogue to digital television on 24 October.

Anyone who is still using an aerial to receive their television signal will have to take action before this date to continue receiving TV broadcasts. While most people will make the switch themselves, some people may need a helping hand from those who understand their needs.

25 June -1 July is national Reach Out and Switch Over Week, and all community and voluntary organisations are invited to get involved by making sure that their service users and clients are informed of their options. A team of 26 Digital Switchover Champions have been deployed across the country to assist you in this effort.

The Champions are responsible implementing the Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme, a national initiative coordinated by The Wheel, in conjunction with Irish Rural Link, with funding from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.  

Your local Digital Champion will provide you with impartial information on the Digital Switchover, how it may affect your service users or clients and what their options are. They will also be hosting a number of information events in your area in the coming weeks. Click here for your local Champion’s contact details.

Contact your local Champion today to help make sure that nobody is left behind on 24 October!