Guest blog – Meet one of our joint Internet Champions 2013

This blog was contributed by Janet Tchamani , 55, from Kings Heath, who was crowned joint Internet Champion of the Year in 2013.

I’m so proud and excited to be an Age UK joint Internet Champion! To be chosen for a role I believe in so strongly in puts a great big smile on my face. In this, my first blog for Age UK, I’ll be filling you in on my background and explaining what inspired me to get online.

Janet Tchamani and June Whitfield
Janet Tchamani and June Whitfield

One of the first things people find out about me is that I am bipolar. While I don’t let that define me, it is a fact that’s absolutely central to the story of my journey to becoming one of Age UK’s Internet Champions this year.

I was 50 when I was properly diagnosed, following a series of what I would call mini-breakdowns. I became unable to cope, lost my career and quite a bit more besides. That was when I found myself searching the internet for the first time, and eventually found my way to the brilliant Bipolar UK website. I already had a guiding light in Stephen Fry, one of the judges of the Internet Champion Awards. Continue reading “Guest blog – Meet one of our joint Internet Champions 2013”

Guest blog – Internet Champion of the Year 2013

This blog was contributed by Brenda O’Mulloy, 83, from Slough, who was crowned joint Internet Champion of the Year in 2012.

Internet Champion 2013
Left to right: Internet Champion, Brenda O’Mulloy; Actress, June Whitfield and Internet Champion, Keith Patterson.

As Age UK’s Internet Champion of 2012, it’s has been a fantastic year. There was the prestige of winning of course, followed by the whirlwind excitement of being broadcast live on BBC radio, speaking at high profile conferences and events and being interviewed by a variety of newspapers and magazines all with an aim of extolling the virtues of using the internet in later life.

At the age of 75 my son bought me a computer, hooked me up with Internet access and effectively changed my life.  After moving away from my friends and family and the passing of my husband, I found I had no friends locally, my family lived 200 miles away and I felt cut off.  The computer was a real lifeline.  It enabled me to stay connected, initially I started off by sending emails but gradually this evolved to include Facebook, Skype and MSN Messenger. Continue reading “Guest blog – Internet Champion of the Year 2013”