Thursday, February 11, 2021

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THE Waterford Older People’s Council and Brill Family Resource Centre for Ballybeg , Kilbarry, Larchville, Lisduggan and Manor St John are appealing for help in overcoming obstacles highlighted by the pandemic.
Older people are finding themselves more isolated and increased digital knowledge and access is being actively pursued. Additionally, school students are, in many cases, continuing to learn from home, with access to IT equipment not always possible in every home.

As part of the National Keep Well Campaign and Staying Connected, they are urgently seeking donations of laptops and chromebooks for young people .This ‘Digital Divide’ results in access to their online classes and learning
being hugely hampered.
In addition, older people are finding themselves isolated and Waterford Older People’s Council would welcome donations of tablets or indeed financial or IT training or back-up support. This equipment will become part of a Community IT Equipment Bank to be loaned or allocated to local people through consultation and requests from local schools and through local Community and Voluntary Groups.

To be able to respond in a useful and respectful way to requests for assistance, modern, up-to-date equipment in good working order is asked for. Training will be provided through Access IT, Waterford.

Individuals, Businesses and Companies are welcome to contact either Brill FRC or Waterford Older People’s Council for more information.
Brill – Family Resource Centre for Ballybeg / Kilbarry, Larchville, Lisduggan and Manor St John 085 8771772
Waterford Older People’s Council – 087 6243406 Healthy Waterford 086 6014117

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