Care home residents' IT tutor plea

ELDERLY residents at a Greenock nursing home are searching for volunteers to teach them how to use computers - so they can keep in touch with relatives around the globe.

A lot of people living at Bagatelle have relatives in Australia, South Africa, Canada and America.

Now staff at Greenock Medical Aid Society are looking for folk who have two or three hours to spare once or twice a week to tutor and support residents and tenants of Bagatelle, Glenfield and Bagatelle Court in the use of Skype.

Charles Young, chief executive of the society, said: "The communication initiative to make it easier for residents and tenants to keep in contact with family and friends who live at a distance is the latest opportunity we have for local people who wish to volunteer."

Residents who would like help include Elizabeth Collins who has a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Athens.

The society says it has all the equipment required and is simply seeking volunteers to help its senior citizens stay connected with loved ones.

As a not-for-profit organisation the society relies greatly on the support it receives from people in Inverclyde who give their time.

Mr Young said: "The range of skills and expertise they bring to the society is invaluable whether it is in care, chaplaincy, estates, fundraising or supporting residents and staff at social functions and on outings.

"Without their input we could not be able to consistently deliver the very high standard of care that Bagatelle, Glenfield and Bagatelle Court are renowned for."

At the moment the Bagatelle volunteers include 40 people who are retired accountants, architects, nurses, teachers, ministers and solicitors and fulfil the roles of conveners in finance, property, care, therapy and house committees.

Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to call the society's administration office on 729424.


Sourced from Greenock Telegraph, 24th May 2012.