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David Brew, a volunteer for AbilityNetNI recently helped an 83-year-old lady ‘Pauline’ from Belfast, connect with her family through Christmas with the use of tech.

AbilityNetNI offer free technology support advice to older people.

Pauline always looked forward to her weekly social events within the community and due to Covid-19, everything was brought to a standstill. 

“Being socially active was something that I really enjoyed and with the pandemic it really hit me hard as I found myself feeling very lonely with no one to talk to for days.” Says Pauline

AbilityNetNI offers FREE technology support and advice to the older and disabled. 

“I immediately thought this is just what I need to get my social life back"

“When I heard about AbilityNetNI and the FREE technology services that they offered, I immediately thought this is just what I need to get my social life back” Pauline said.

This year, research has found that twice the number of people than normal spent Christmas alone as a result of Covid-19 and this was especially high among those aged over 65 with 4.2 million who claimed to have never used the internet.

“Thanks to David, I can now zoom call my sister overseas, exchange emails with friends and do some shopping online. It’s amazing to know this technology is accessible to the older generation, especially now when we need it the most.” Says Pauline

David Brew from AbilityNetNI responded by saying “It is very heart warming to see so many clients learning new tech skills so they can stay in touch with their loved ones when isolation is high. Families are all coming together and staying connected where possible which is amazing.

Telephone Freephone 0800 048 7642 for free technology support and advice or visit their website at WWW.ABILITYNET.ORG.UK

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