Age Action Ireland

Age Action's vision is that Ireland becomes the best place in the world in which to grow older. Our mission is 'to achieve fundamental change in the lives of all older people by empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens and to secure their rights to comprehensive high quality services according to their changing needs'. Age Action's Getting Started programme is a learning and awareness programme encouraging older people to use computers and Internet. Our goal is promoting digital inclusion and positive ageing by providing opportunities for older people to use computers, the Internet and mobile phones.
Mar 31, 2014

Award winning start to 2014 for the Getting Started Programme

Accepting the Award-Pauline Power & Patrick Power
Accepting the Award-Pauline Power & Patrick Power

It has been a very busy start to 2014 at Age Action’s Getting Started programme.  We provided one to one basic IT training to over 600 older people across Ireland between January and March with the assistance of hundreds of wonderful volunteer tutors. We have huge demand for training from older people and our waiting list for classes keeps growing as many people got a computer for Christmas but struggled to get started especially with Windows 8.

The Getting Started programme received an award in March from the Irish Institute of Training and Development The award is recognition of the excellent learner-centred training provided by our volunteer tutors and the work of our project officers who train these volunteers. 

We are deeply honoured to win the award. It could not have been won without the great work the Getting Started team and the hundreds of dedicated volunteer tutors across Ireland. Of course, the ultimate winners are the older people who are learning new IT skills. Their lives are being transformed by being able for the first time to do things online that many people take for granted.

In the first part of the year we have expanded our schools programme and now have 10 schools running the programme with transition year students tutoring one to one to older people from their local communities. We continue to add corporate partners to the programme who are providing volunteer opportunities to their employees as volunteer tutors. 

Thanks to all our supporters and we are looking forward to a busy 2nd quarter of the year and well done to all our volunteers for winning the award without their help we could not run the programme. 

Jan 2, 2014

Helping older people to connect online

It has been a very busy couple of months at Age Action and the Getting Started programme provided one to one basic IT training for over 900 older people across Ireland between Oct. and Dec. with the assistance of hundred of wonderful volunteer tutors. We have huge demand for training from older people and our waiting list for classes keeps growing. Many of our learners have family abroad and wanted to learn how to Skype so they could see their children and grandchildren for Christmas as many would not make it home.

 In October we celebrated Positive Ageing Week with hundreds of events around the country including a Try IT! event where older people came to their local library and with the assistance of a volunteer learned about the internet and how it could benefit them. We also held our annual Silver Surfer Awards to raise awareness about the benefits of being online with some great stories from our winners.

 This autumn we also expanded the programme to include more schools, colleges and companies where students and employees volunteered to teach basic IT to older learners from their local community. We have also started running classes in nursing homes where residents have shown great interest in learning how to surf the web.

 Thanks to all our supporters and volunteer tutors who help keep the programme going and provide older people with the opportunity and support to take those first steps online. 

Sep 27, 2013

Age Action's Getting Started July to Sept. 2013

The summer months have been quiet as many of our older learners and volunteer were taking a well-deserved summer break and making the most of the fine weather. Getting Started was delighted to receive a grant from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources under its Benefit 4 funding for e-inclusion projects. This will allow us to continue our work and to train 1,050 older learners by 3rd Dec. when the grant end. It had been a very busy September as its back to school time for everyone one not only the youngster. We have classes running in Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and classes starting in Monaghan and Louth in October. We are also looking forward to next week's Positive Ageing Week and our Silver Surfer Awards. 


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