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 the residents reach out to families and friends all over the world. They have been able to contact families, long out of touch, by means of skype.
The volunteers have found that memories long dormant surface again and the conversation flows. One resident, a pianist, was able to remember music from St. Kilda. His piano-teacher had taught him these tunes from the days when she was a child and the Island was home to a thriving community.
This project has brought stimulation and interest to a number of the residents in the Homes. Like the Silver Surfers, this project originated from ACEIT – partially funded by Edinburgh City Council – and aims to bring the over fifties age-group up-to-date with the skills needed for the digital revolution.