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Volunteer with Getting Started Computer Training

Volunteer Computer Tutors are required for Age Action’s Getting Started Computer Training Programme

Age Action Ireland is actively recruiting volunteer computer tutors for its Getting Started Computer Training programme in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Louth, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Limerick, Offaly, Kilkenny and Carlow. If you are interested in volunteering, you can find the relevant contact details at the bottom of this page.

The programme assists older people (55+) to learn basic IT, internet and email skills. Only 1 in 4 older people are online and the Getting Started Computer Training programme helps older people to bridge the digital divide, to beat exclusion and isolation and to increase independence and equality.

All tutors are volunteers and teach one student at a time in small class groups. Training will be provided and tutor lesson plans are available on all topics. The skills required to be a Getting Started volunteer tutor are fluent English, good basic computer skills, patience, a positive outlook, sense of humour and an interest in working with older people. Classes normally run for two hours once a week for five weeks.

Volunteers will be encouraging and helping older people to learn simple IT tasks such as searching the internet and sending emails. Older learners may also be interested in learning other skills such as how to use Skype, downloading photos etc. For more information about volunteering contact:

Dublin and Leinster area

Anne Carroll 

Cork and Waterford

Julie Oates

Connacht Area (Galway, Mayo, Limerick)

Oisín Kenny

 

South East/Midlands Area (Wexford, Kilkenny, Offaly, Waterford, Carlow)

Anne Carroll

STOP67 calls for inclusion of advocates for women and older people on Pensions Commission

(13 November) The STOP67 Coalition has expressed its disappointment at the failure of the Government to appoint sufficient members to the Pensions Commission who reflect the interests of those most affected by the proposed pension age increase and, in particular, organisations representing women and older people. The Coalition includes the National Women’s Council (NWC), SIPTU, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland.

In a letter to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, the Coalition said it was “shocked and surprised” that the Commission does not include the representatives of so many of those directly affected by the proposed pension age increase. This followed the announcement by the Government of the members of the Commission, which is due to assess whether the pension age should be increased to 67 years and to set out a future plan for the pension system.