Residents at two of our care homes, Brocastle Manor in Bridgend and St Isan in Cardiff, have been enjoying the wonders of technology courtesy of enthusiastic volunteers from local schools and Digital Communities Wales (DCW).
The Welsh Government-backed digital project, Digital Heroes, aims to encourage young people between the age of seven and 21 to train as digital volunteers. They then go on to deliver training, provide digital support and even social activities within their local communities.
Pupils from class J7 at Llangewydd Junior School in Bridgend recently visited Brocastle Manor to show the residents how to use iPads, as well as taking part in arts and crafts activities and even a sing-along. Their teacher, Miss Davies, said: “What an amazing experience for our pupils. We hope it’s the start of something quite magical.”
The benefits of this inter-generational project are clear. The residents are being introduced to a new world of technology, allowing them to communicate with their families in different ways and find out information independently. Meanwhile, the young volunteers are developing a range of skills such as planning events and facilitating training – as well as getting to spend a few hours outside of the classroom!
The pupils clearly enjoyed themselves as Osian Jones told us about his time with Brocastle resident, Harry. He said “Harry was a super person. I really enjoyed talking to him and helping him use the iPad. He was nearly as clever as me!”
Following their first session, Llangewydd Junior School have invited some of the residents of Brocastle Manor to their upcoming Christmas concert. They’ll also be returning to the care home again soon to share more of their digital wisdom.
Danielle Roberts from DCW is delighted to be working with Hafod and Llangewydd Junior School. She said: “Digital Heroes is a great project and this partnership proves that when we all work together everyone benefits and we can all benefit from using technology, whatever your age.”
To learn more about what life’s like in our care homes click here.