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SeniorLine a Google Winner in Reaching Out to Older People

Posted on 19th March 2019

SeniorLine is among 15 projects chosen to share in the Google.org Dublin Impact Challenge bursary. 

As part of a €1m investment in the Dublin Impact Challenge, Google invited non-profits, social enterprises and educators to submit bold ideas to grow social and economic opportunities in their communities.

SeniorLine won with a project to reach out to isolated older people in Dublin’s city centre by offering peer-to-peer courses in digital skills, and a drop-in centre. SeniorLine is a programme of Third Age, a not-for-profit organisation that has worked for over 30 years to lessen the loneliness experienced by many older people by providing opportunities for learning and social engagement.

Some older people, cut off through retirement, may be further marginalised by a lack of opportunity to learn computer skills. The free Digital Skills courses from SeniorLine covers an introduction to the Internet, Internet security and safety, email, accessing online government services, conducting everyday online transactions, video calls and use of apps.

With no more than six people at any one time, the course will take a helpful pace and is designed to inspire confidence and create opportunities for successful self-learning.  It is peer-to-peer, the tutors are older people themselves who have an understanding of the particular difficulties older people may have with modern technology. 

Third Age would be delighted if you could vote for SeniorLine -  A Vote for Seniorline is a vote for older people.  

Click here to Vote for SeniorLine.  One vote per device and voting closes on 26 March  2018.

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