Help Local Older People to Stay Connected

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Broomfield Gardens, a Bield very sheltered housing development in Airdrie, is looking for tech savvy volunteers and social activity assistants to help expand and enhance the activities offered to its tenants.

Broomfield Gardens requires Silver Surfer tutors on a Monday morning or afternoon to support a group of tenants who have recently acquired iPads.

Development Manager, Yvonne McQueen said: “For the generation of our tenants, using computers and the internet is still relatively new, and for many it is mystery how it all works. We want to recruit Silver Surfer tutors to further their internet skills to get them connected to the world wide web and all its attractions.”

The development is also looking for a Social Activity Co-Ordinator to organise and run bingo and craft activities. It would be beneficial if the volunteer had an artistic skill as the tenants would like to develop their knowledge on craft making.

The volunteer initiative reinforces ‘Free to Be’ ethos Bield, one of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers, which aims to help older people to make their own decisions and maintain independence whilst offering assistance if they need it.

Donna Dickson, Volunteer Development Worker, said: “This programme has an extremely positive effect on our tenants. Being able to get involved in a range of activities and socialise with others within the development, and within the community really enhances quality of life.”

If you would like further information please contact Yvonne McQueen on 01236 758 313 or Donna Dickson on 07887 796 744/ 0131 273 4095 or email d.dickson@bield.co.uk.

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements. A minimum of six-months commitment is required.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’Ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas. Find out more about Bield at www.bield.co.uk.

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