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Getting Started KIT

As part of Age Action's Getting Started digital umbrella we developed the Keep In Touch (KIT) in response to COVID-19. This remote national learning initiative helps older people improve their digital literacy skills, so they are more connected, informed and supported specifically during periods of social distancing. 

Using our specially developed curriculum of eight How to... guides we are offering up to five hours tutoring, by phone, to anyone who feels that they need support with using their smart device. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, and how to use video to see your loved ones, learners will be matched with a volunteer tutor who will cover the topics they choose, at their pace. We will also send learners a 40-page learning booklet with lots of smart images to help with tutoring sessions. 

For further information about Getting Started KIT remote tutoring classes, please call:

Age Action 01 4756989

Or complete the contact form below:

Our GS KIT How to Guides are available below to download.

Alternatively, we can post out a condensed 40 page guide including Emailing, Introduction to the Internet, Downloading Apps and Whatsapp.

To request a guide to be posted, please call the number below and leave your name and address.

GS KIT Postal Request No:  01 8730372

We will post guides within ten days.

RTÉ broadcast the video tutorials which are presented by Mary Kennedy on RTÉ One on the Today with Maura and Dáithí programme on Tuesday 28 April at 4.10pm and Thursday 30 April between 3.30pm and 4.40pm. The video tutorials are available to view on our YouTube Channel. 

We are grateful for the support of RTÉ, NALA, ChangeX, Media Literacy Ireland, the DCU Institute of Future Journalism and the Printing Federation of Ireland and the HSE for their help in producing and distributing the Getting Started KIT.

This How to Guide will help you set up an email address so you can write to family and friends and make purchases online.

This How to Guide will help you to download an App which is a shortcut that allows you to go directly to the programme or website you wish to access.

This How to Guide will help you to install WhatsApp which will let you send messages for free, if you are connected to the internet, and make video calls.

FaceTime is a programme that is made by Apple and it will allow you to make free video calls to other people with an Apple device when you are connected to the internet.

Zoom is a programme that you can download to your smartphone or laptop to enable you to make free video calls with a group of family or friends for up to 40 minutes.

This How To Guide leaflet tells you about reliable sources of information, steps you can take to check information, and how you can recognise the main types of false information.

This How To Guide gives you step-by-step instructions to help you navigate the internet using your smartphone

This How to Guide gives step by step instructions for how to use the HSE COVID Tracker App.