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At our January 2017 meeting, the Help for Health Trustees made a grant of £2,000 to 105.3 Seaside FM’s Loneliness project.  The project is to deliver weekly ‘Tea ‘n Tech’ workshops/social activities over forty weeks at 2.5 hours per session to older members 55+ of the Withernsea & South Holderness community.  Activities will be delivered in a relaxed environment combined with a traditional afternoon tea and participants will be introduced to various elements of technology including use of laptops and tablets.  Topics will include technology features, such as Skyping, email, applications, e-reader, online shopping etc.  This will not be delivered in a typical classroom environment but facilitated in a way that gets the group engaging with each other encouraging social interaction, fun and friendship and supported by Sixth form students from Withernsea High School who will act as mentors during the sessions when available.

This multi-generational style of learning will also help to break down barriers in our community that arise from both stereotypes of old and young.  The mentoring will greatly benefit the Sixth Form students, helping to develop new skills and experience they can put on their C.V.'s.  Many older individuals have either never used IT or have very limited abilities, so the project’s aim is to introduce elements that will be beneficial to everyday life.  Each participant will be issued an easy to understand learner guide for their personal reference and receive a second copy to encourage them to ‘Pass it on’ and share the knowledge.  The aim of the weekly interaction with other likeminded individuals is to expand their social networks, in turn address issues of loneliness and isolation that so many older individuals encounter.

For further information about 105.3 Seaside FM’s Loneliness project, please visit their website: http://www.seasideradio.co.uk/