ACE IT Programme

Drop In & Fix IT Sessions Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm – 3.00pm Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm Our ‘Drop In & Fix It sessions offer the opportunity to get one-to-one tuition on any digital device -laptop, tablet, iPad, Kindle, … Continue

ACE IT out in the community !

Launch Event with Trust Housing Association ACE IT were approached to run 6 week taster sessions using iPads and tablets for the tenants at their independent living complex in Stockbridge. The taster were so successful that ACE IT were asked … Continue

ACE IT Early Summer Programme 2016

Drop In & Fix IT Sessions Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm – 3.00pm Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm Our ‘Drop In & Fix It sessions offer the opportunity to get one-to-one tuition on any digital device -laptop, tablet, iPad, Kindle, … Continue

ACE IT Call for new Trustee/Board Director

ACE IT SCOTLAND: Charity Trustee/Board Director Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Company Number SC279749 Scottish Charity Number SC 036315 Website Company ACE IT is a charity based in Edinburgh and a company limited by guarantee, which provides training for older people … Continue

ACE IT Spring 2016 Programme

‘Taster’ Sessions Dates available through March and April In a new series of stand-alone workshops, come along and find out how to use some of the most popular functions on your tablet, iPad or laptop. Each session covers a specific … Continue

Moose in the Hoose Art Exhibition

Since the introduction of iPads to the Moose in the Hoose project, many residents have enjoyed using several Apps to produce their own art work. These range from throwing pots to the latest trend for colouring in. We’ve decided to … Continue

ACE IT Autumn Programme 2015

‘Taster’ Sessions Skype – 17 & 24 September FaceTime – 1 & 8 October YouTube – 15 & 22 October Windows 10 – 29 October & 5 November In a new series of stand-alone workshops, come along and find out … Continue

Edinburgh Trusted Trader Scheme Launched

The City of Edinburgh Council has just launched the Edinburgh Trusted Trader scheme in response to the public’s appeal for a vetted business directory. The Council’s Trading Standards Team will carry out thorough background checks and audits all trade members … Continue

Kath Wilkie MBE – A tribute

Sadly our good friend and loyal supporter of many years, has died suddenly. Kath was everyone’s ‘best friend’ and was never short of a wee joke or a funny incident to brighten every gathering. She could ‘take over’ a meeting … Continue

Have you Been Contacted Out of the Blue?

DOES THE OFFER SOUND TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? STOP! Scams operate by post, online and on the telephone! Scams currently doing the rounds include: • Calls from the ‘Windows Service Centre’ offering help to ‘fix’ a non-existent computer problem. … Continue

Help Cure the Stigma of Dementia Campaign

Devised in conjunction with Edinburgh residents who have dementia and their relatives, the campaign is part of the on-going work by the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and Alzheimer Scotland to make Edinburgh a dementia friendly city. The campaign … Continue

LOOPS Project

Are you an older person in Edinburgh? Looking for things to do? Or maybe you work with Edinburgh’s older people, or perhaps you are the carer of an older person in Edinburgh. If you are looking for activities and events … Continue

ACE IT at Scottish Parliament

ACE IT was invited to speak at the Scottish Parliament on 2 April 2015 to give evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee for the enquiry on Age and Social Isolation. Click here for the final report of the proceedings … Continue

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day – Today marks 70 years since the camps were liberated by advance troops of the Russian Army.   A friend who was with a British contingent to liberate Belsen said long afterwards that one of his abiding memories … Continue

Tuesday 13th Jan 2015

French Terror Attacks – Almost everyone must have felt utter revulsion at the horrific atrocities which took place in France last week.  Seventeen people were murdered and then the terrorists themselves were shot – and all under the guise of … Continue

In the spirit of Christmas

Social Bite – The Surfers have been told that Social Bite, who used to be near-neighbours of ours in the George Street offices, before moving to premises in Rose Street have very much in the Christmas spirit, they are opening … Continue

Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham – It was very sad to hear of Lynda’s death. She was a much loved wife and mother as well as a talented actress and presenter. The Surfers have many fond memories of her as the Oxo Mum … Continue

Care and Repair Edinburgh

Care and Repair Edinburgh – The Surfers have received a ‘flyer’ from this organisation reaching out to older people living in Edinburgh. They are offering some practical help around the house. They can help with small DIY jobs, joinery repairs … Continue

R.I.P. Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough, CBE August 29, 1923 – August 24, 2014 Sir Richard (Dickie) Attenburgh – It was sad to hear of Sir Richard’s passing just five days before his 91st birthday.   His many films and the broad subjects they covered will be a … Continue

Commonwealth Games

Those who watched the opening Games Ceremony on Wednesday will have been thrilled to watch the Tunnocks Teacakes dancing as part of the show. Their performance caught everyone’s attention! The following day the papers carried reports of a ‘run‘ on … Continue

Conflict in Gaza

What seems to be developing into a religious and territorial battle is again unfolding in the Middle East with horrendous casualties being caused to innocent civilians in Gaza. Organised truces last no longer than a few hours and then rockets … Continue

Flight MH17 – Ukrainian Plane Crash

Flight MH17 –There are no words to express the horror, and pity, felt world-wide at the catastrophic crash of the Malaysian flight last Thursday. 298 passengers and crew, from around the world were killed and only now are the bodies … Continue

The Willow Tea Rooms

Residents and visitors of and to Glasgow will have noted with interest that this Tea Room (quite wrong to refer to it as a ‘restaurant’) has been saved from destruction and has re-opened in all its Charles Rennie Macintosh splendour. … Continue

Simon & Dawn got married!

We are delighted to announce that ex ACE IT Tutor Simon and his partner Dawn got married! ACE IT was represented by Jenny and Terry at the ceremony and the high jinks afterwards. The Surfers have been looking through the … Continue

The Happy People O’ Britain

Would you believe it!   There was an article in one of this morning’s papers to the effect that the UK (combined, not the component parts) has been voted 7th out of 125 countries as being a happy country.   … Continue

Silent Calls

Silent Calls – Complaints about silent or abandoned calls have risen by 55% in the second quarter of the year according to new figures released by Ofcom. Practically every household must have had these calls. We either have to listen … Continue

Elena Baltachi RIP

Elena Baltachi – Tennis lovers, as well as her family and friends, will be mourning the sudden death at the age of 30 of ‘Bally’. Her death from liver cancer at this young age has been such a shock both … Continue

Annual Asthma Report

There is a report out today concerning the first annual Asthma Report. The sad part of this report is the high number of unnecessary deaths because help is not immediately available. This Surfer does have an asthma problem which, thanks … Continue

60 years of the 4 minute mile

Today Roger Bannister celebrates his breaking the 4-minute mile 60 years ago.   Back then, with pacemaker Chris Chataway, he ran the mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Even though this milestone record was passed about a month later Roger … Continue

Golden Oldies keeping Active

An article in a recent newspaper places emphasis on the importance of older people getting out and about and speaking to people they meet. Manchester has been quoted in a television programme as being old age friendly in that there … Continue

Meadowbank Tea Dance

The Meadowbank Tea Dance This function will be held at the Meadowbank Sports Centre on Tuesday 15th April, 2pm – 4pm, and it looks interesting. There will be live music, free tea and coffee and dance instructors for those who … Continue

World War 1 Memories

World War 1 Memories – Many people will have seen an article on yesterday’s T.V (24th Feb). News concerning the use of The White Feather during WW1. It was reported that a retired Army Officer suggested that women give a … Continue

Changeworks – Heat Heroes!

Since our launch in April 2012, Heat Heroes has become an essential service for people aged over 65. So far we have supported over 400 residents in Edinburgh in maintaining a warm, comfortable home at an affordable cost. The service … Continue

Small Shops – Local Shops

Has anyone else noticed the rate at which Edinburgh is losing our small shops? Very slowly and insidiously the handy wee corner shops are disappearing and are being replaced by charity shops, fast-food outlets and ‘national’ food shops. Where have … Continue

3rd February – Dementia Friendly Portobello

Following on Motherwell’s very successful ‘Dementia Friendly Town’, Edinburgh City Council has recently announced plans for a similar project. On 3rd February, starting at 3.30pm and lasting for an hour, Portobello Library will have Sandra Shafii (NHS Lanarkshire’s Dementia Consultant) … Continue

Gallery Social

National Galleries of Scotland have organised a series of free tours “for anyone affected by dementia” which sound really interesting to the general public as well. The tours run from January to May 2014 and to book places please contact … Continue

A Very Happy New Year!

The Surfers would like to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous New Year! Scotland in particular has a lot to look forward to and think about. We all have a decision to make in September – do we remain part … Continue

Nelson Mandela RIP

Everyone here at ACE IT would like to send condolences to the late Mr Mandela’s family. His family can take comfort from his great endurance during his long years on Robben Island and his spirit of forgiveness and commitment to … Continue

Tidal Surge 2013

This awful phenomenon has caused dreadful damage around the coastline of the U.K. The personal tragedies are almost beyond belief and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone involved. The Surfers have unfortunately suffered flood and water damage to their … Continue

Glasgow Helicopter Crash

The Surfers’ time today is almost at an end, but we must make reference to the dreadful helicopter accident that happened in Glasgow on Friday night. To have gone out on a Friday night to meet friends and listen to … Continue

Energy Bills Again!

The thought of winter, especially the very cold weather which is being forecast, has lots of people very worried. Personally we would like to see our bills brought down, not profits handed out to shareholders – and we speak as … Continue

What is happening to our world? Last week we were commenting on Fresh Start’s food initiative for families who can’t afford to ‘heat and eat’. Now Esther Rantzen has brought up the need for a ‘lifeline’ for lonely older people. … Continue

2nd World War Reminiscences

The Surfers have been watching with interest the ‘Time Team’ programmes unearthing buildings from the Second World War – bringing back so many memories. We were children at that time and recall back-green shelters, gas masks, and air-raid sirens. And … Continue

Typhoon Haiyan

Everyone will have seen and heard reports of the dreadful effects of the typhoon which hit the Phillipines just over a week ago. It seems unbelievable that there are still areas of that unhappy country which are still waiting on … Continue

New Food Bank For Gorgie Dalry

The Food Bank is a new initiative for Gorgie in conjunction with the Trussell Trust. ‘Food Banks’ are a new venture and a sad innovation caused by the poverty which is causing hardships to people who suddenly find themselves in … Continue

Christmas is coming!

The Salvation Army is holding a Carol Service in the Mansfield Traquair Church, Mansfield Place, Edinburgh. Donation tickets are priced £5 and the proceeds from this event will be shared between the Bethany Christian Trust and Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army … Continue

Remembrance Sunday

This year, as always, people throughout the country will meet together to remember loved ones – family and friends – who have been killed in the many wars over the years. As we all grow older, survivors grow fewer and … Continue

England’s Storm

The Surfers have been watching the progress of the stormy conditions sweeping across the south of England from west to east with concern. The loss of life and the damage done to families and properties go beyond words of sympathy. … Continue

Energy Bills!

Energy Bills!!!  –  Like practically everyone else the Surfers are taken aback by the huge increases imposed on almost everyone by the Big Six energy companies. It is really coming to the time when it is either ‘heat or eat’. … Continue

Surfers Round Up 15th October 2013

History Festival – As part of this Festival, there are two music events which may be of interest. On Monday 28th November 7pm – 9pm visit the ‘Jazz Bar’, which covers 80 years of jazz in Edinburgh, in Chambers Street, … Continue

Fringe By The Sea!

One of the Surfers had a day out on Saturday to North Berwick. It turned out to be the last day of a week of Festivities under the banner of ‘Fringe by the Sea’. Among the many shows and events … Continue

HMS Edinburgh – Final visit to Leith

HMS Edinburgh – The Surfers have picked up on a brief comment in yesterday’s ‘Scotsman’ that the 30-yr-old destroyer is coming into Leith for the final time tomorrow. After three decades of service she is now headed for decommissioning – … Continue

Visit To Dunfermline Abbey

The Surfers and a group of friends took advantage of the good spring weather and went into the Kingdom of Fife to visit the Abbot’s House at Dunfermline Abbey. We went to a Café in the Abbot’s House for a … Continue

Surfers’ Round Up: 16th April 2013

Boston Marathon – From early morning the news bulletins have been full of the two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. The latest results seen by the Surfers are three confirmed dead (one an 8-yr-old boy) and over 130 injured. … Continue


The surfers were delighted to meet Sonia Last who came along to the ACE IT offices to talk about her work with ‘Work4ME’, a new co-operative that has been set up by people with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The … Continue

Update Tuesday 26th February 2013

Richard Briers R.I.P. How sad to learn of the death of Richard Briers. We remember him fondly as Tom Good in ‘The Good Life’ with Felicity Kendal. Penelope Keith was such a good foil in that series. There was also … Continue

Homeshare Feasibility Study

Edinburgh Cyrenians has received support from the Big Lottery Fund to look at the feasibility of implementing a Homeshare project in Edinburgh. We need to speak to a number of older and younger people – both in groups and one-to-one … Continue

Poem of the year

Poem of the year. The computer swallowed Grandma, Yes, honestly it’s true! She pressed ‘control’ and ‘enter’ And disappeared from view. It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm. She must have caught a virus Or been eaten … Continue

The Arctic Star

The Surfers would like to add their congratulations to those already given to the survivors of the Arctic Convoys during World War II. The medals which finally – but only recently – were awarded to these brave men after such … Continue

Update Tuesday 29th January 2013

The Surfers are back, depleted by the death of our dear friend Margaret. But we will be soldiering on, so don’t give up on us.   Praise for the NHS One wee word of praise for the National Health Service … Continue

Moose in the Hoose Video

 The Surfers – who are still reasonably able-bodied and independent – have been watching a short film of the work done by the Moose in the Hoose volunteers. The volunteers take laptops to various Care Homes in Edinburgh to help … Continue

Remembrance Day 2012

This year, the 11th November fell on Remembrance Sunday and all across the the country people came together to share two minutes silence in memory of all the UK service personal who lost their lives in conflict and war over … Continue

Treasure Trove Autumn Fair

This event was held in the Freemason’s Hall in George Street, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 from 10 am till 2 pm. The Surfers went along and thoroughly enjoyed looking and spending. There were so many stalls covering all … Continue

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2012

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2012 – An outstanding celebration of Edinburgh’s outstanding architecture, culture and heritage! This year’s city wide Doors Open Day was the most popular to date with an increased number of venues seeing a fantastic number of … Continue

Fundraising Coffee Morning!

ACE IT is having a Fundraising Coffee Morning! This will be held on Thursday 23rd of August 2012 from 10.30am – 12.30pm within the ACE IT office at 115 George Street , Edinburgh EH2 4JN. Entry – £3 which includes … Continue

Gorgie Dalry Gala 2012

After the threat of closure earlier this year and a well publicised volunteer call, there was a sudden rush of local residents and organisations willing to get involved and the Gala Day went ahead and was a huge success! The … Continue

We Are Northern Lights

WE ARE ALL NORTHERN LIGHTS! Scotland’s first ever mass participation film project wants to hear from you. Scotland’s first ever mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights is asking people across the region to pick up their cameras and share … Continue

Bogus Callers – The Red Card scheme

Bogus Caller Campaign Lothian and Borders Police and their partner agencies are launching a new campaign in West Lothian to target doorstep criminals. The two-week police-led initiative, which runs from Mon 19 March until Mon 2 April is aimed at … Continue

A Most Curious Detour

Joyce Armstrong, A Moose in the Hoose volunteer is trying to raise the profile and fundraise for this worthy forthcoming play at the Netherbow Theatre. A Most Curious Detour From the book by Stuart Hepburn and adapted by Alistair Rutherford. … Continue

‘Here’s a Hand’?

What is ‘Here’s a Hand’? Here’s a Hand is a new online service for older and carers. The service transforms the process of asking for and offering support by connecting people that already know and trust one another using mobile … Continue

The Treasure Trove

The Treasure Trove is a charitable organisation situated at 23a Castle Street, Edinburgh, which is literally a treasure trove. Within this very special shop goods are sold by the working members of the Royal Edinburgh Repository & Self Aid Society … Continue

Visit To National Portrait Gallery

The Surfers visited the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 24th January 2012 following its recent refurbishment. Opening up and extending the Galleries has brought more daylight and a feeling of space into the building. There did not appear to be … Continue

Scottish Older People’s Assembly 2011

This year’s Scottish Older People’s Assembly in Edinburgh on the 25 October 2011 was the first Assembly to use video conferencing. You can now view the conference webcast of the day’s event which includes videos of all the presentations and the question and answer … Continue