Computing classes for carers

Carers in East Dunbartonshire are being invited to go along to computing classes at Carers Link in Milngavie.

Moira Carrick, resource co-ordinator at Carers Link, said: “Many carers would like to learn how to use a computer but are unable to get to normal computing classes because they are caring for someone for most of every day.

“Through our project, funded by Comic Relief, trained Carers Link volunteers arrange a day and time to suit the carer and go out to teach them computer skills at home over the course of a few weeks.

“Many carers have become less socially isolated as a result of this project as they learn how to use email and Skype and how to browse the internet.

“This means they can shop online, do their banking or complete personal projects without even leaving their home.

“We’ve had great feedback about this scheme from carers who have taken part.”

Bill (92) who cared for his wife until she passed away last year, took part in the project. He said: “People think because you’re 92, you’re finished, you don’t want to learn. But when you’ve got all the time in the world that’s all you want to do is learn more about the world.

“Computer training helps a great deal. Many times I go to do a thing but don;’t understand it but the tutor comes to put you right so that you know next time how to do it.”

There is still time to book classes and Carers Link would also be keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer as a tutor.

Carers Link is in the Enterprise centre, Ellangowna Road, Milngavie, phone 0141 955 2131 or email