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Older adults learn digital skills thanks to innovative partnership

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Glasgow’s Golden Generation is working with Won Connect CIC

A new partnership is helping to combat digital isolation.

Glasgow’s Golden Generation, a charity for older adults, is working with Won Connect CIC to provide vital digital skills to older adults in the city.

During the first lockdown, GGG saw how few of its older adults were able to use technology and launched a project providing service users with tablet devices to target digital exclusion. 

The charity also created a bespoke app to help get older adults online while it wasn’t possible to provide face to face training on using the devices.

Now that the charity’s day centres have reopened the charity has two part-time digital inclusion officers who are running classes and finding new opportunities to introduce older adults to technology.

GGG has teamed up with Won Connect CIC, a Glasgow based social enterprise that specialises in digital consulting, to show older adults how to create short videos on a theme of their choice.

The weekly workshops are taking place in the David Cargill Day Centre in Battlefield and participants are relishing the opportunity to let their creative side loose!

Raymond, IT tutor, from Won Connect CIC, said: “Won Connect CIC was founded back in 2019 with the aim of supporting older adults in the community through technology. 

“With the pandemic, this mission has become more topical and important than ever.

“We saw the work Glasgow’s Golden Generation were doing and wanted to support this by offering free classes to older adults using the charity’s digital service.

“We’re empowering older adults to have their voice heard through storytelling and we’re loving what we are seeing so far!”

Shaun Leinster, digital inclusion officer at Glasgow’s Golden Generation, said: “My role is to help older adults get the most out of their tablet devices and Won Connect CIC are bringing an exciting new aspect to this support.

“Seeing participants’ confidence and skills increasing each week is fantastic. We have some older adults who had never picked up a tablet device before now, creating their own short videos.

“I’m so proud of what each of them has achieved so far and can’t wait for our film screening at the end of the programme!”

Participants are supported in the sessions to create a storyboard of the video they’d like to create. So far videos created have included a collation of recipes, a family timeline and photos of how one participant’s garden has flourished over lockdown and beyond.

At the end of the programme, all of the videos will be shown during a celebration event. Those involved will leave the sessions with new understanding of technology, increased confidence and a completed video that they have created from start to finish.

For more information on Glasgow’s Golden Generation or to find out more about the Digital Service please visit www.glasgowgg.org.uk or call 0141 221 9924. Won Connect CIC can be reached at www.wonconnect.org.uk and offer a range of services from digital consulting and website development to ICT courses from beginners to advanced levels in Glasgow, where all profits go into helping the elderly community through ICT courses and befriending events.

 

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