Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Charity helps the elderly and disabled across Aberdeenshire and Highlands get online

Post Thumbnail

An innovative charity that assists the elderly and disabled to use the internet and technology, has proved to be hugely beneficial to residents throughout Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

AbilityNet is a UK-wide charity, but 18 months ago it boasted just three volunteers operating in Scotland and the service was not readily available, particularly for those in rural areas.

Now, with the help of the Invergordon based coordinator Chris Grant, the Scottish branch of the charity boasts 53 volunteers and responds to an average of 200 calls each month.

Mr Grant began volunteering with the charity a year-and-a-half ago after suffering ill health.

And although his daily life is still afflicted with discomfort, he is committed to helping others.

“I wanted to do something that meant something and I liked the charity’s ethos,” Mr Grant said.

“Once I started volunteering, I had the AbilityNet bug from day one.”

The 27 year-old’s boundless enthusiasm for expanding the charity’s reach was recognised in June, when he received the “digital volunteer of the year” prize at the Tech4Good awards in London.

Although Mr Grant is delighted by the accolade, he says the real reward is hearing from clients whose lives have been transformed by access to technology.

Thanks to the AbilityNet volunteers, clients can order their weekly shop from the comfort of their home and connect with loved ones over social media.

Others who are suffering from a terminal illness can skype their consultants without the exertion or cost of transport.

Jeanette Bradley, 39, has volunteered with AbilityNet since April and describes the service as “invaluable”.

“It’s really important in today’s world, especially with the focus on internet banking, that elderly or disabled people who may never have had access to online know they can reach out to us anytime, as many times as they need to.”

With their growing clientele, the charity is in need of more volunteers.

Mr Grant is encouraging the people of Aberdeenshire area and further north to get involved, whether they consider themselves to be tech-savvy or not, as they will be supported by the team.

The AbilityNet team can be contacted on 0800 269 545.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]