Like many charities, Age NI relies on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers to support its work across Northern Ireland, including an innovative approach to learning more about new technology with Danske Bank.
Chief Executive, Linda Robinson says, ‘There are so many opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering with Age NI, and Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 Jun) is the perfect time to find out more. Volunteers kindly donate thousands of hours of their time to our charity every year, from spending time at our stores and day care services, to helping at fundraising events and listening to the voice of older people.
'One of our volunteer opportunities is Step by Step, an innovative initiative with our charity partner Danske Bank, that enables Age NI volunteers to support older people who want to learn more about alternative ways of banking but aren’t sure how to take that first step. Technology can be daunting for many older people. Banking in particular has changed a great deal in recent years yet we all need to know how best to access and manage our accounts. During Step by Step sessions which run throughout the year, Age NI volunteers are on hand with the Danske Bank team in branches across Northern Ireland to help people to find out more about the new and varied ways to bank that are available to us all. Our volunteers help people to feel more comfortable about taking that first step into new technology.'
Tony Wilcox, Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank adds that 'Danske Bank is delighted to work with Age NI volunteers on the Step by Step initiative. Many older people have embraced digital banking, but for some, it can still be a challenging step to make for a number of reasons. As charity partners we have an opportunity to work together and reduce some of the confusion that exists for older people. Age NI volunteers are an integral part of the initiative as they know too well the challenges that people in later life can face and help to bridge that gap between confusion and comfort with new technology.'
Find out more about volunteering opportunities including the Step by Step initiative at www.ageni.org/volunteer