The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) has received a donation of six computers from Food for the Poor to be used in its Information Technology (IT) training programme.
Executive Director of the NCSC, Beverly Hall-Taylor, in expressing gratitude for the donation, stated that the equipment will enable the Council to train more seniors. “It will enhance our programme a lot because we had some obsolete (computers) and some were very slow so we had to cut back on the classes. We are so glad for this because it will get more persons to come in,” she said.
She told JIS News that the seniors have been making use of their IT skills. “So, instead of writing letters they can do their communication by the way of the internet and it takes away loneliness and boredom. I know that they use it for greeting cards, to do invitations for their children, churches or their clubs and they do brochures and flyers,” Mrs. Hall-Taylor said.
The IT training is offered at the Council’s Secretariat at 11 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10 on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
Manager, Management Information System, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Marlon Mahon (right), guides participant in the Information Technology Programme, Ms. Mildred Baker, in the use of the computer. The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) has received a donation of six computers from Food for the Poor, to be used in its Information Technology training programme, being held at the NCSC. The computers were officially handed over today (Feb. 3 ), at the Council’s West King’s House Road offices. Looking on is Chairman of the National Council for Senior Citizens, Mr. Joseph Mahfood.
An agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the NCSC offers a range of programmes and activities that are geared towards improving the quality of life of the country’s senior citizens.
In addition to the IT training, they also benefit from courses in handicraft and home help service, and participate in income generating activities, poster and essay competitions, among others. Persons can contact the Council at 926-2374/5 or 906-9272/8.