Waverley Court Silver Surfers - Argyll and Bute
Waverley Court Silver Surfers provides access to new technologies, such as computers and the Internet, to older residents of Bield Housing Association in Helensburgh.
Residents at Bield Housing Association’s Waverley Court and Birch Cottages in Helensburgh had identified access to a computer and the internet, as well as training in IT skills, as their key priorities following a survey undertaken by the Waverley Court Social Fund Committee.
Committee Chair, Gordon White approached Cllr Aileen Morton for advice about funding and Cllr Morton asked Helensburgh and Lomond Community Development Officer Audrey Baird to help the residents access the grants and training they needed.
Within six months of the survey, funding had been secured from Helensburgh and Lomond Health and Wellbeing Network, Bield Housing Association had agreed to cover the ongoing cost of providing broadband and a number of residents had signed up for IT training provided by the Council’s Adult Learning department. The residents now have a PC, wifi and printer, as well as a netbook in the lounge for anyone to use, including guests.
We really wanted to help people access new technologies so they could have more opportunities to stay in touch with friends and family by email and even Skype. There’s quite a buzz round Waverley Court now and many are now confidently using Skype, Facebook and surfing the net (Committee Chair, Gordon White)