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It’s so nice to stay in touch, and all the more `real’ when a smile or a gesture is there on your screen while you talk about your day to family and friends.

We are delighted to announce this exciting new ‘digital’ project which will introduce video calling to isolated older people in the City. Expanding upon our established KIT telephone & befriending service, we have introduced a ‘video calling’ service, so that the office based service becomes not just a friendly voice’, but a ‘friendly face’ too.

Older people are supplied with Android tablets from our dedicated device library, with built in ‘Data’ for internet access, on loan for up to 8 weeks. Ongoing support and advice is available should older people wish to purchase their own tablet at the end of the loan period. 

The android tablets have been customised with a simple user interface for ease of use.

As well as the opportunity to receive a weekly video call from one of KIT volunteers, training and support will be provided to encourage users to video call family and friends via the ‘Microsoft Messenger’ application.

This is particularly special when family live abroad, or on holiday perhaps, and they may wish to share some of their experience by video calling or sharing pictures and messages of their holiday.  

The service is delivered with a paid member of staff supported by a number of dedicated volunteers who are recruited specifically for this role. 

For more information, please contact:

Mike Lowthian
Age UK Sunderland
Bradbury Centre
Stockton Road
Sunderland
SR2 7AQ

Telephone: 0191 514 1131

Email: mikelowthian@ageuksunderland.org.uk