Could you support an older person struggling online?
Aberdeen charity Silver City Surfers are looking for additional volunteers as they work to support more and more older people who are being left behind.
A recent study by the charity Age UK warns "legions of older people are not able to do ordinary things like book a medical appointment, organise a blue badge for their car, or pay to park it" due to the "rush" to move services online.
Silver City Surfers Coordinator Nelly Jaka comments further-
“About 50% of our learners come to us for help because they are unable to access essential services such as GP appointments, paying utility bills, and getting access to benefit payments. The alarming speed of moving services online is excluding older people and leaving them in a vulnerable position”.
Learner Graeme Findlay who recently attended one of the charity’s drop-in sessions says “You are very disadvantaged now if you can't use a laptop or other device”.
Interested in volunteering with Silver City Surfers?
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07799 371329
Silver City Surfers is a local charity which aims to help older people with modern technology for those aged over 55 within the City of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. We provide free tutoring and support on all forms of modern technology (e.g. laptops, iPads & other tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, etc) through mentoring and one-to-one support sessions provided by experienced volunteers. With more and more businesses and organisations going completely digital, the need for a safe, welcoming space to learn digital skills is needed more than ever and we are here for the people who need us most.
Flexible times available to volunteer. All help makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.
Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet