Thanks again to all our TY's , staff and our members of our community who made our coffee mornings such a huge success. Each morning had huge benefits for all involved. We hope to organise other events in the near future.
Below is the article written by the Kildare Nationalist
Rathangan students help senior citizens turn into silversurfers
By Noel O’Driscoll
RATHANGAN’s senior citizens are quickly turning into confident silver surfers with the help of
students from the local secondary school.The students organised a coffee morning at the
school and they invited local seniors in for a chat last Tuesday morning. In addition to the chat over light refreshments the senior citizens also received help with their technology questions on laptops, phones and tablets.
The initiative was organised by teacher Nichola Horn who explained that the students are participating in the Young Social Innovators initiative. For this initiative they have to come up with a project, write up a report on it and at the end of March they will go to Athlone to do a presentation on it.
“The original idea was to go into the local day care centre and to meet with senior citizens there. However that wasn’t possible because of garda vetting so then we decided to invite them here,”said Ms Horn.One of the senior citizens who attended the eventwas Josie Deegan who was there with her husband Maurice and friend Ann Kenny.Josie was full of praise for the initiative. “I saw it on the local newsletter and I heard about it on the radio as well so we decided to come inm” she said. Student Olivia McConn was working with Josie, showing her how how to find different things on her phone and how to delete messages. “She has alsobeen showing me how to search for things on theinternet. It is excellent and it should be happeningeverywhere,” said Josie.Student Kian Shields was helping Teresa Martinand Pat O’Loughlin with their phones.“He is teaching me how to text and he has shownme how to use the Adverts.ie app. He is very good, really helpful,” said Teresa. Michael Nolan went along as well but as he explained he was there to chat rather than learn about technology. Luckily he met up with Irish international soccer player Doireann Fahey who is a student in the school. “I’m not well up oncomputers so instead I am talking with Doireann. I was in a job and as computers were coming in I decided it was time for me to retire so I did. I’m enjoying the chat and the atmosphere here is great. My granddaughter Niamh Fitzpatrick, whois a teacher here in the school, told me about it. I’m glad it has been a success because they haveput a lot of work into it. These things don’t happen by accident, someone has to make it happen even though some people don’t realise it.”