Carers over the age of 50 living in Gloucestershire can now benefit from 8 hours of free one to one computer tuition in their own home or in a group setting, as part of a scheme set up by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council [GRCC]. The ‘Connecting Carers’ scheme which operates countywide, is also looking for people with computer experience who have a few hours to spare and would like to help with this one to one or group support.
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 schemes like ‘Connecting Carers’, they will be able 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.
Tim Poole, Chief Executive of Carers Gloucestershire, says “Anything that helps address the isolation many carers experience is very welcome. Not only does ‘Connecting Carers’ achieve this but it also helps provide carers with skills and experience that the rest of us sometimes take for granted. I’m delighted to see non carer-specific organisations recognising the needs the carers and coming together to increase the support available to carers within their own communities”.
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is very keen to recruit volunteers. If you have a few spare hours and would like to help improve the lives of carers call Matthew Keighley on 01452 528491