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Welcome to the Moose In The Hoose
Pass IT on – There’s a ‘Moose in the Hoose’!
The Moose In The Hoose is a project aimed at introducing the benefits of computers and the Internet to those living in Care Homes across Edinburgh.
Our friendly and specially trained volunteers maintain weekly visits to allow residents to explore the Internet and access e-mail amongst other activities.
In short, we…
- Provide long-term, sustainable access to IT for older people living in care homes across the city.
- Utilise the time, skills and commitment of older volunteers to provide this access.
- Assist homes to establish and maintain an environment where electronic communication and IT are readily accessible and well supported.
- Reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people by including a social aspect in all our projects.
- Promote equality by including older people from minority ethnic communities and those with dementia and other disabilities.
It has long been recognised that mental stimulation is vital for the well-being of older people thus reducing hospital admissions by keeping mentally and physically alert. The more that our ageing population becomes dependent on care, the greater is the need for such activity.
Social Return on Investment Review.
Recently the Moose in the Hoose project underwent an independent review using the Social Return on Investment model.
The conclusion of this review was that for every £1 spent on the Moose project there was a Social Return of £8.13.
As part of this review, Moose volunteers described clear benefits to themselves and found the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of older people, was an important feature of their work. Volunteering was was seen as a tool for personal development that improved many skills. For some, being involved with Moose in the Hoose had enhanced their employability and also influenced their career and life choices.