SNP Candidates, John Shaw and Jim Paterson, are both backing a project run by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland which aims to reduce digital exclusion experienced by older people with hearing loss.
Online Today!, which is funded by Big Lottery Fund Scotland, is available to train senior citizens who are deaf or have hearing loss in Renfrewshire on how to go online, set up an email address and stay secure when using the Internet.
Two-hour digital training sessions can be delivered in community venues to groups of up to 10 people and one-to-one sessions can also be arranged.
Jim Paterson, SNP Councillor for Renfrew South and Gallowhill, said: “Technology can help make everyone’s daily lives much easier but Action on Hearing Loss Scotland have found that many particularly senior citizens with hearing loss often don’t have experience of using the latest devices or know how to get themselves set up online.
“I encourage people with hearing loss in Renfrewshire to sign up for Online Today! and learn how to use tablets, smartphones or eReaders.”
John Shaw, SNP Candidate for Renfrew North and Braehead, said: “I am delighted to back the Online Today! project which supports elderly people with hearing loss be able to access the internet. It’s never been more important to be able to access online services due to the slate of banks which have closed across Renfrewshire.
“I would urge local people who suffer from hearing difficulties to join the Online Today! project and help gain the necessary skills to be able to access online services.”
Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “Our digital training sessions introduce groups and individuals who are deaf or have hearing loss to help build their confidence of using the latest technology so that they can stay connected with friends and family.
“We would be delighted to run more sessions across Renfrewshire so please get in touch if you would like to get involved.”
For information about OnlineToday!, email: email@example.com or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ScoDigital
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Delia Henry with Renfrewshire Council candidate John Shaw (left) and Renfrewshire Councillor Jim Paterson (right)