The purpose of the Tech and Tea VCSE Digital Equipment Scheme is to provide resources to develop digital capacity within VCSE organisations working with older people. Salford recognises that during the pandemic more organisations have had to move their activities to on-line and this may be a barrier for older people and VCSE organisations to engage due to lack of digital equipment.
The scheme will provide either laptop or tablet technology up to a maximum of five pieces of equipment to enable VCSE organisations to use to support digital inclusion for older people. The equipment can be loaned to older people or used by staff and volunteers.
Technology can be a means to enable older people to renew and develop social contacts and engage actively in their communities. It can provide opportunities to:
- participate in meaningful work and other activities (whether paid or on a volunteer basis);
- interact in new ways with family and friends;
- learn, develop skills and gather experience and share learning, skills and experience with others.
It is expected that staff and volunteers of the VCSE organisation will attend the wellbeing conversation training and that older people are sign posted to the Age Friendly Salford Tech and Tea programme if the equipment is to be loaned out to ensure they have the skills and confidence to use the equipment provided.
If you work with a VCSE organisation and you would like to apply for up to five laptops/tablets to help in your work supporting older people in Salford, please complete the application form: