Skills for life

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


We are seeking funding to create a programme of digital skills learning for older people aged 50 plus living in Lanarkshire who are not computer literate and are digitally excluded, economically disadvantaged and socially isolated.

The programme will help more than 60 older people to gain a wide range of basic computer skills such as mouse, keyboard, file management, internet browsing, internet security, creating email, online banking and online shopping. The project will improve digital technology skills, health and social interaction for older people, helping to reduce isolation, loneliness and poverty. Showcasing the benefits of the digital world and giving them the confidence to connect online with their families, friends and community will open up new opportunities for each participant. They will be able to communicate online from the comfort of their own home, shop easily, book holidays, use online banking to manage finance, use search engines to access information about local activities and services that meet their interests and needs. Transacting online, using price comparison sites, registering for and using digital government services including online benefits claims and rent payments will form key parts of the sessions we will provide. The programme will offer them the chance to learn new skills, meet new people, commit to a shared activity together, make friends, and boost their social skills.

The plan is to offer a mixture of small, informal group sessions and 1 to 1 support. Each participant will be offered a weekly, 2 hour learning session for a period of 10 weeks. Our team will work with each individual participant to identify their starting point and learning needs, which devices they want to use, and then build in specific skills within the lessons such as security and staying safe online.

Based in the heart of Lanarkshire, our modern, vibrant charity is a recycling resource for the local community helping to divert waste from landfill for reuse. We provide training, volunteering and employment opportunities through our unique recycling facility for people experiencing mental ill health, physical disabilities and from other disadvantaged groups. Our main business activities are:

• IT Equipment Recycling (SEPA licensed for the safe disposal of electronic/electrical equipment)
• Aluminium/Steel Can Recycling
• Cardboard, plastics, polythene, glass and metal recycling

Integrating this new project into our core recycling activity will allow us to make best use of the resources we collect. All of the IT equipment that we will use for the sessions will be stock collected through our waste management facility, showcasing the quality and affordability of refurbished equipment. When unwanted IT arrives at our facility, it is not the end of the road. Our aim is to reuse the majority of materials that pass through our doors; we don’t like to throw anything away! High-quality refurbished desktops, laptops, tablets and accessories from leading brands including Apple, HP, Dell and Toshiba, all supplied with either Windows 7 or Windows 10. Our trainees and volunteers will create the PC’s to meet the specific needs of this project.

We propose to use a variety of mediums including local press, social media, website, events and by making videos, producing case studies and supporting people to speak about how the project has impacted on them, we can help older people become digital ambassadors for other people.

We are passionate about delivering this innovative and exciting project and believe it will have a significant impact on the lives of older people living in our community. Please vote for Tea & Tech and in doing so you can be confident that we will make a significant contribution to the lives of older people as well as their friends and families.

LAMH Recycle Limited

Moment of Pride

We’re really proud of how simple but effective our project is; giving unwanted IT equipment a new lease of life, providing trainees with a social reason to learn how to refurbish PC’s for use in their local community and empowering older people to interact confidently in the digital world.

Location: Range Road, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom