Keeping in Touch Edinburgh is a not-for-profit organisation, delivered by volunteers, which aims to introduce older people to the benefits and fun that they can have with computers. This includes introduction to email, the internet searching, social networking, digital photography, webcam, computer games and much more. In the past year over 50 individuals have registered with KiTe and taken part in classes. All are encouraged to pursue their own individual interests including, for example, contacting family and friends across the world using email and Skype. All the sessions are great fun and a number of our participants have gone on to obtain their own laptops or iPads.
“Here am I justlearning at the age of 78 about thisnew technology and my great niece who is not yet 5takes it all in her stride!”
“Your enthusiasm for your subject cer tainly rubbed off on me and I can honestly say I am now thoroughly enjoying my laptop when I get time to do so. I certainly no longer feel like throwing it out the window”.
“The confidence I have gained in the use of the computer. … gave me an insight as to how useful this would be to have access to my family abroad” (webcam user)
“Each session has been interesting, instructive and illuminating, sparking enthusiasm to learn more”
KiTe currently works mainly in the Colinton area. We run ‘taster’ classes, six weeks of sessions for small g roups of four. Sessions provide support, learning and practical help; small groups enable older people to get hands on experience at a pace that suits them. We bring our own equipment (laptop, printer, speakers etc.) or assist individuals to use their own laptops (often given as a gift by relatives but abandoned to the bottom of a cupboard in frustration). We also run a weekly Computer Club at a sheltered housing complex, in association with a local housing association.
In addition, one-to-one training, on a limited basis, is available. All sessions are delivered by our band of volunteers and we are now looking to recruit more volunteers so that we can consolidate and expand the service.
Volunteers needed to help older peopled with computers
We are looking for a range of volunteers, with a variety of skills and interests.
We ask that volunteers have the following:
Basic familiarity and comfort with computers (you don’t need to be an IT wizard!)
To be contactable by email and used to using email
Patience and a genuine desire to help older people enjoy computers
Two-to-three hours per week/fortnight to assist at a computer club or ‘taster’ sessions
We offer support and training
For further details please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tish Chalmers 0131 453 3463