There are an estimated 63,000 carers in Gloucestershire and many have little time for themselves. In some cases, they can feel isolated and socially excluded also. With the help of the "Connecting Advisers", they will be able to utilise 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 Advisors 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 to carers either on a 1-2-1 basis in their homes, or in a group setting. The aim will be to teach the basic digital skills needed to, for instance, do online shopping, 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.
"Connecting Carers" is a countywide project; volunteer opportunities will be 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 a meeting is held at.
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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