"As the use of the internet grows and more services are accessed online, some older people with little or no experience of using computers can feel isolated and socially excluded, finding it hard to access the services they need. By becoming a GRCC Connecting Adviser you will be able to help older people learn to use the internet, enabling them to access support, information and services from the comfort of their own homes, which may help to make them feel more connected, supported and in control.
Connecting Advisers do not need to be technology wizards, but do need to have a good understanding of how to use various laptops and tablet computers. They will offer advice and tuition, either on a one-to-one basis in the clients' homes or in a group setting. The aim is to teach the basic digital skills to, for instance, shop online, use Skype, or send an e-mail. Connecting Advisers will also seek to build the confidence of these older people who are often worried about online security."
What are they looking for?
A Connecting Adviser needs to be comfortable visiting people in their homes. They have to be personable, engaging. They need to have a good understanding of Windows and Apple operating systems and also have some understanding of how to set up computers and run software updates.
The Digital Inclusion Project is a countywide project; volunteer opportunities are available across Gloucestershire. GRCC aims to link their clients with local volunteers from the community who will visit them in their home or meet them in a local library or public space. Working times are flexible and depend on your availability. Wheelchair access depends on the location at which the meeting is held.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: 16 upwards
About Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, In Touch Project
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, established in 1923.
GRCC is part of a network of 38 Rural Community Councils across England and is a member of ACRE (the national umbrella for RCCs).
We are proud to hold Level 3 of the ACRE Good Practice Quality Standard - the highest level - which is endorsed by The Charity Commission as showing the ‘hallmarks of an effective charity’ and providing the assurance that GRCC is fit for purpose and effectively managed.
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