Moose in the Hoose is an outreach project run by ACE IT in Edinburgh care homes. Trained ACE IT teams lead weekly IT sessions for residents in 5 Edinburgh care homes. For a couple of hours, residents enjoy a variety of activities in a relaxed and supportive group setting.
People in the group have different abilities and interests. The team carefully select activities around individual needs so everybody is engaged. Volunteers may support residents to use Skype and email, play card games, colour in, or browse music on YouTube.
Some people need help to access technology, for example by using a stylus, a lap tray to position the iPad, or screen reading software.
We aim to create an inclusive environment where older people living in care homes in Edinburgh can participate in activities regardless of their difficulties, disabilities, ethnic group, or sexual orientation. The project builds residents’ self-esteem, and reduces loneliness; building relationships with volunteers and between residents, and making connections with the wider world. Long term, we aim to assist care homes to develop an environment where digital communication and information technology are readily accessible and well supported, so that residents can benefit from long term, sustainable access to IT.
25 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
Tel: 0131 667 2053 or 07737 738551
Charity number – SC 036315