The Age Friendly Libraries Digital Ambassadors Programme launched by Minister of State, Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler T.D. has now been rolled out in Cork County Council Library and Arts Service.
The scheme, which was developed in partnership between Age Friendly Ireland and Libraries Ireland, aims to support older people in accessing online library resources. Librarians trained as digital ambassadors can deliver remote tutoring sessions online and over the phone to older people to help them join and use the library online. Through these sessions older people will be empowered to avail of the fantastic range of library services.
The scheme will also facilitate older people to participate in other online activities such as classes, meetings and book clubs etc. These days staying connected is vital and as we are all aware isolation is a particular risk for the older population. This programme supports older people to stay connected with their communities in these challenging times.