Local peer-to-peer digital project for older people in Levenshulme!
Help Empower Older People Like Terry!
Why WE are launching this project and how you can help?
Isolating is tough for everyone - but imagine if you didn't have the internet, or a computer to contact your friends? That's the reality for many older people in our communities, and something we are looking to change.
We are a befriending charity based in Greater Manchester which aims to reduce social isolation amongst older people in the community. Loneliness is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and yet the number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/6 (Campaign to End Loneliness). Our team of volunteers assist in a number of practical ways, such as helping with shopping, picking up medication, and most importantly, providing friendship and social activities for those who may be isolated or alone.
Have you met Terry? Help Terry become a 'Computer Buddy' to train his peers :-)
Let's make a difference, and leave no one behind in these uncertain times!
The outbreak of COVID-19 has meant we have had to adapt our services quickly, making sure that the older people we support are able to stay connected whilst at home. That's why we've launched our “Digital Inclusion for Older People” project, with volunteers like Terry, which provides older people with IT products and follow up support so that they can keep in contact with friends and family.
This is hugely important as our age bracket (between 65 and 96) are some of the most technologically deprived in the area. Being able to contact family and access online entertainment and news is vital for maintaining good mental health and enables older people stay independent. We need YOUR help to allow us to acquire resources (IT equipment), manage the project, and ensure we're able to provide clear, simple tech advice to those who need it. It's a very real issue and you support will dramatically help the wellbeing of those still isolating, during the outbreak and beyond!
You can help us make a HUGE difference in people's lives by reaching our set goal of £2,500 which will go towards:
- Purchasing or refurbishing IT equipment such as tablets and PCs
- Coordinating volunteers to help with set up, and locating
- Providing on going tech support to those who need it, through a phone helpline
Help us find and fund more Terry's!