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Cambridgeshire Library at Home Service: Digital Project

We are delighted to have partnered with Cambridgeshire County Council Library at Home Service (LHS) on a Digital Inclusion project supporting the delivery of a digital service at home. The Library at Home Digital Service is aimed at introducing people who are housebound to opportunities and services that might be more accessible to them on-line. 

An iPad or Android Tablet can be loaned for up to eight weeks and a library digital volunteer buddy will make a weekly visit to show the participant how to access a variety of information online and support individual learning. The participant can choose what they wish to learn about from a ‘menu’ which includes how to be safe on-line, to email, explore social media, do on-line shopping, fill in forms, download Library eBooks and eAudio-books, use search engines and conduct research.
 
To take part you do need to be a library member which is free and easy to join, just contact the library service on 0345 045 5225. Liz Sheppard, Volunteer Development Manager, says “Library at Home Digital is a free service, including the eight week loan of a tablet and a weekly home visit for a one to one session with an IT Buddy who amongst other things can show the member how to access many  online books, newspapers and magazines for free. If you are interested, get in touch. Our contact details are shown below” 
Beverley Young, manager from Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough commented “This new service can provide another support strand to older people. People who become housebound can quickly become isolated and can struggle to maintain what they once could. Learning about the resources available on line can provide ways to continue with hobbies, continue reading – making use of large display monitor adjustments for eyesight difficulties and showing how to access audio assistance. An IT Buddy can demonstrate how it’s possible to stay in touch with family and friends via Skype or other video online messaging and join forums to talk to others. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is inviting us all to have a conversation on what can be done to reduce loneliness and whilst IT can’t replace face to face contact, it can help to provide interest and alternative ways to have some social interaction, so has a place alongside other ways to reduce loneliness.” 
To find out how to receive the service or to become an IT Buddy Volunteer contact Library at Home Service on 0345 045 5225 or Email volunteers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. 
To learn more about the services of Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough contact 0300 666 9860 or visit www.ageukcap.org.uk

An iPad or Android Tablet can be loaned for up to eight weeks and a library digital volunteer buddy will make a weekly visit to show the library member how to access a variety of information online and support individual learning. The member can choose what they wish to learn about from a ‘menu’ which includes how to be safe on-line, to email, explore social media, do on-line shopping, fill in forms, download Library eBooks and eAudio-books, use search engines and conduct research. 

To take part you need to be a library member which is free and easy to join, just contact the library service on 0345 045 5225.

Liz Sheppard, Volunteer Development Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council says

“Library at Home Digital is a free service, including the eight week loan of a tablet and a weekly home visit for a one to one session with an IT Buddy who amongst other things can show the member how to access many  online books, newspapers and magazines for free. If you are interested, get in touch.”

Beverley Young, Manager from Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough commented

“This new service can provide another support strand to older people. People who become housebound can quickly become isolated and can struggle to maintain what they once could. Learning about the resources and services available on-line can assist independance and provide ways to continue to live well.

Using IT can enable people with sensory impairments to continue reading as they can be shown how to use large display settings and make monitor adjustments to brightness, contrast and colour, use audio and subtitle assistance. An IT Buddy can show people at home how to make these adjustments and personalise settings.

A Buddy can demonstrate how it’s possible to stay in touch with family and friends via Skype or other video online messaging and join forums to talk to others, use search engines to continue with hobbies and research personal interests or news.

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is inviting us all to have a conversation on what can be done to reduce loneliness and whilst IT can’t replace face to face contact, it can help to provide interest and alternative ways to have some social interaction, so has a place alongside other ways to reduce loneliness.” 

IT Buddies Wanted

LHS are recruiting volunteer IT Buddies to support isolated and housebound older people at home and show them how to get on line using an i-pad or android tablet. Knowledge of using a tablet is desirable but LHS will train and support volunteers. More information below. 

To find out how to receive the service or to become an IT Buddy Volunteer contact Library at Home Service on 0345 045 5225 or email volunteers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. 

Alternatively contact us at  Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterboroughon 0300 666 9860 or email: infoandadvice@ageukcap.org.uk


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