Grant links seniors with volunteers to learn computers

Provincial funding facilitated by City of Vernon and Junction Literacy Centre

  • Feb. 27, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Vernon seniors will learn computer basics.

A $12,000 provincial grant will allow the Junction Literacy Centre to provide a seniors computer support program.

“The funds will help us match volunteers to seniors who call us for help,” said Debbie Schiller, Junction executive director.

‘Under some circumstances, when the senior is house bound, the volunteer will go to the senior’s home. We will encourage volunteers and seniors to meet at the library or coffee shops where computers and the Internet are available.”

Setting up an e-mail address, understanding how to manage photos, using Skype, setting up files and saving files are popular topics.

Fifty seniors have already shown interest in the program but volunteers are required.

“We have met with the first group of volunteers and are waiting for their criminal record checks so we can match them to a senior,” said Schiller.

“Each senior goes through a checklist so we understand what they want to learn. We encourage the pair (volunteer and senior) to spend one hour per week together initially and then as often as it takes.”

The grant was obtained with assistance from the City of Vernon.

To volunteer for the program, call Kathy Wylie at 250-549-2216.