Digital Switchover 2012

 On 27thSeptember the analogue signal received by householders in North Yorkshire was switched off and the digital signal to these properties has been switched on.  This has meant that for people in North Yorkshire watching television through an analogue aerial, that their screen simply went black.  To try and prevent this from happening Rural Action Yorkshire have been working with Digital UK to raise awareness throughout North Yorkshire of the switchover. 
Throughout July, August and September a team of officers have been touring around the area speaking to and recruiting community supporters from local shops, pubs, Post Offices, libraries and cafés, who may be aware of elderly, vulnerable or isolated members of their community who may not have received information about the switchover or who may have received it but don’t know what to do about it.
The scheme has been very successful and officers have managed to speak to over 460 people, many of those people were willing to put up posters within their shop windows or have leaflets on the counter as well as coasters in the pubs and cafes.
Officers also spoke to people who worked within the local community such as parish councilors and vicars.
Revd Caroline Hewlett was once such vicar from the parish of Swaledele and Arkengarthdale.  Caroline was in contact with many vulnerable parishioners through luncheon clubs and her church work and so was well placed to be able to identify those individuals who may have needed extra help.