SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, has lent her support to a project run by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, which aims to reduce the digital exclusion experienced by older people with hearing loss.

On Thursday 13th July, the MSP for Cunninghame South visited an Online Today! training session in the Vennel Centre, Irvine, where local people learned how to go online, stay secure when using the Internet, and get the most from their tablet, smartphone and eReader.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“New technology can help make everyone’s daily lives much easier and more interesting but Action on Hearing Loss Scotland have found that many senior citizens with hearing loss often don’t have experience of using the latest devices or know how to the most out of their online experiences.

Having visited the Online Today! session in the Vennel Centre today, I can see it is a great initiative which can help reduce digital exclusion. I encourage people with hearing loss throughout Ayrshire who could benefit from the training to sign up and learn how to get the most out of the latest digital technology.”

Michael Woodburn, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Digital Skills Officer, said:

“We’re delighted that Ruth Maguire MSP is supporting Online Today! which is available to patiently introduce groups and individuals across Ayrshire who are Deaf or have hearing loss to help build their confidence of using devices to access online entertainment, consumer bargains and stay connected with friends and family.”

For information about the digital training sessions, which can be delivered in community venues to groups of up to 10 people and or in one-to-one sessions, you can email Michael at the following address: michael.woodburn@hearingloss.org.uk

Alternatively, you can visit this website: http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ScoDigital