The County Council has announced the delivery of two services, which give elderly people greater access to technology and public transport. These are Computer Home Tutoring and new bus routes, introduced under Fingal’s Age Friendly Initiative.
As part of the Fingal Age Friendly Initiative being implemented by the County Council, Fingal Leadership Partnership and Blanchardstown Area Partnership, the ‘Computer Home Supports’ programme was at County Hall, Swords.
This programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and its objective is to allow elderly people equal access to the benefits and convenience of the internet and technology.
Delivered by the Department of Social Protection under the TÚS Scheme, users are taught by Garda-vetted tutors trained by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board how to use computers in their own homes, free of charge.
Coinciding with the introduction of this scheme are three new bus routes which service Swords, Ballyboughal, Garristown and the Naul. The three new routes are operated by rural transport provider, Flexibus Local Link.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor Cllr Mary McCamley said: “Both the ‘Computer Home Support Service’ and introduction of new Local Link bus routes are extremely valuable to older residents of the county. In recent years, using Online Banking, skype and email has become second nature for many of us. The ‘Computer Home Support’ service will allow elderly people to benefit from these convenient online resources. I am confident that the introduction of the LocalLink bus routes and ‘Computer Home support’ services will allow Fingal’s older residents to stay connected with their communities.”
The new routes have all been identified to fill specific needs for commuters and bus users in Fingal, and are part of the greater network of LocalLink services.
Speaking at the launch, Head of Fingal’s Age Friendly Alliance Nora Owen, encouraged older residents to utilise the resources available: “As you get on in life, little things may cause you trouble. But if you raise these issues with Fingal’s Age Friendly alliance, you can have your voice heard and your needs met.”