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.
Jun 11, 2015

Getting Started @ Home

Students and Volunteers at EMC, Cork
Students and Volunteers at EMC, Cork

For the first 4 months of 2015 our volunteer tutors have provided training to over 1,000 older people across Ireland with a phenomenal 9,000 volunteer hours logged.

We have been expanding the programme and continue to source new venues in libraries, family resource centres and in local communities. We have a number of schools join the programme and transition year students have been teaching older people from their local areas and are now on a summer break. 

Our corporate partnerships have also been busy with employees from IBM, HP, Salesforce and Ericsson in Dublin volunteering as well as Cisco employees in Galway and EMC, Dell and VMware employees in Cork. In VMware 28 volunteers quickly built friendships with 24 students ages 55 to 86. Sharing Friday afternoons together, their eager and active local students also overcame the fear of using a laptop/iPad/tablet/smartphone and connecting with the digital world. A wonderful learning opportunity and experience for all.

here is what one of the learners had to say 

I felt this course and tuition was terrific. My tutor was very patient and very helpful. The training model used on the programme was excellent 1 – 1.
I earned very useful skills and would be very keen to recommend it. I only just got broadband at home. There will be no stopping me once set up –I don’t think it could be improved on. I found the course very useful. I was able to ask for help with difficulties I had with my computer skills.

Mar 12, 2015

Getting Connected

Jacqueline & her fantastic cake
Jacqueline & her fantastic cake

It has been a very busy start to 2015 with the usual increase in demand for classes after many older people received a gift of a computer from their families for Christmas.

 In Dublin we moved offices from the city centre to Inchicore in Dublin 8 and held an open day to show off our new computer classroom. We had over 130 people dropping in to take a look and we now have lots of classes up and running in our new venue. To make up for the loss of our city centre classroom we secured a room in Trinity College to run a number of classes there thanks to Trinity Foundation.

 In Galway we have sourced new venues in Clifden, Spiddal, Moorehall and Manorhamilton and the class in Spiddal will be through run Irish. A new project to provide IT training to housebound older people has also started in Dublin and Galway. Volunteers will visit people who are unable to attend classes in their local community and give them the opportunity to learn at home. 

 In Cork our regular venues are all up and running and we have created new partnerships with transition year students in Deerpark CBS, Gaelcholaiste Mhuire, St. Brogan’s Community School in Bandon and Kinsale Community School.

We have continued our successful partnership with Dell in Mahon and the older learners were offered a special treat at the last class when Anna Geary, the Cork Rose (of Tralee) presented them with their certificates.

EMC² also got involved in the programme tutoring older learners from Ballincollig ICA and one of the learners Jacqueline Cullinane baked a special computer cake as a thank you to all the wonderful employees who volunteered their time to tutor. 

We are all looking forward to a very busy sping time and helping lots more older people to get connected online. 

Gaelcholaiste Mhuire students and older learners
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire students and older learners

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Dec 11, 2014

Silver Surfer Awards

September time is always "back to school" time and not just for the younger folks, we had lots of older people sign up for computer classes and wanting to get to grips with the online world.

In October we held our annual Silver Surfer Awards in Google in Dublin with some amazing stories of older people who do extrordinary things online like John Walsh aged 99 from Tipperary who having led a very active life including cycling from Clonmel to Knock at the age of 93 (153 miles) he has since taken a more easy going lifestyle and has embraced technology. He is proficient at excel, word, email and serching the internet and more. He has written his personal memoirs and researched his family tree. As a result there are regular visits from abroad from his 5th cousins!

John's story has inspired many others to call us and sign up for classes. Between September and November we will have provided training to over 1,500 older people with the assistance of over 800 wonderful volunteer tutors. 

Getting Started wishes you a Happy Christmas and New Year and we know that Santa will be bringing lots of computers for Christams so we are expecting a busy Jan. with lots of new learners who want to join the online world. 

Thanks again for your support in 2014. 

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