By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Palisadian Jacquie McMahon, a resident for 30 years, has headed up the U.S. effort to bring the UK-based “Web of the Week” to the States.
“We have been bowled over by the response we have had in the UK from so many people, as well as community groups, churches, care homes, charities and local authorities, and are thrilled to be bringing the idea across the pond,” shared McMahon and her brother, site Founder Guy Vellacott.
Each Sunday, the site features 10 stories and videos that are deemed interesting, falling into categories like arts, music, history, gardening, sport, travel and health.
Vellacott founded Web of the Week with his father, Iain, as a response to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in May 2020 to create an additional resource for seniors who were struggling with isolation, loneliness or boredom. The U.S. launch took place September 6.
“The web can be a daunting place for anyone, one that can sometimes be unsafe and perceived as a ‘made for experts’ experience,” McMahon and Vellacott continued. “Our aim is to help people develop their skills and confidence in accessing the internet in a way that puts smiles on their faces.”
Web of the Week also highlights uplifting work being done by both charities and corporations supporting their communities.
“Whether it is finding out about a forthcoming event, learning more about a subject, being inspired by great stories in sports or the arts, or merely just for entertainment, when it comes to the internet, everything is just a few clicks away,” McMahon and Vellacott wrote.
“It feels really great to be doing something positive to help people in these challenging times, and we always welcome ideas for uplifting content that we can share.”
For more information, visit weboftheweek.com/us.
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