Thornliebank Parish Church

Organisation statement:

Thornliebank Parish Church is located in the south west of Glasgow and the congregation has been working to reach out to their community in a relevant and meaningful way, with the intention of sharing the Gospel through the building of intentional relationships. We have become aware of the many people in our parish who struggle with independent living through a lack of awareness of help available to them, to health and care services and to the benefits system, as well as assistance from other agencies.

As there is no Citizens Advice Service in our parish and no other advocacy service, it has occurred to us that this is a service that the church could provide. There are a number of people within our congregation who have experience or a background in many of the services that our parishioners use or require access too. In view of this, we have formed an Advocacy Team. In addition to general advocacy, we have recognized that many older people struggle with using technology such as smart phones, tablets and laptops and members of our advocacy team will offer training and ongoing support to people who wish to become technology aware in an effort to improve their lifestyle and enhance independent living.

Commitment to digital participation:

Design and deliver an advocacy service using technology to enable older people (including those living with dementia) to live well, feel included, learn new skills, build on existing skills and develop life skills (including digital skills) that could enhance independent living.

Support offered:

On the 10th of April 2018, Thornliebank Parish Church formally signed up to the Aims, Values and Principles of the Alzheimer Scotland Technology Charter for People Living with Dementia in Scotland, and we believe we are one of the first Church of Scotland congregations to do so.
Enable older people and those living with dementia to learn new skills through the acquisition of technology (digital technology), enable them to have a strong clear voice using technology and reduce feelings of social isolation and disconnection.
Be confident that everyone involved in delivering care and support through the project is aware of, and up to date with the positive benefits of technology

Support wanted:

Assistance to deliver training to ensure appropriate digital skills are present within the volunteer team members.
Ensure that information and advice about the project and technology is clear and in everyday language.

Third Sector category: Faith Related