Sheila – I became a Digital Champion Volunteer because I could see the benefit of people being able to communicate and meet together online after being segregated over lockdown, and especially for those who are not able to be out and about.
Gerry – I retired in 2019 from running IT services overseas in the Middle East for 30 years. I came to Edinburgh because my mother is here. I wanted to volunteer to give something back and had an idea that my IT skills might be useful but finding something suitable wasn’t easy. I came across Tap into IT on the Volunteer Edinburgh website and started just before lockdown.
Maggie – I’m retired. A neighbour (-who is a Trustee) told me about Tap into IT and asked if I was interested. “Yes, I could do with that sort of help” I answered. “No, as a Volunteer” she said. “You must be joking!” It turned out that she wasn’t and she persuaded me to give it a go. My talents are more on the social side. Chatting to people, especially some of the very elderly who come along, looking things up that interest them, like one lady in her 90’s who loved to look up the news and past events in her home town of Wick.
Bob – I sort of drifted into it through clients** who lived at Gillespie Crescent who mentioned that Tap Into IT was starting services for the residents.
Tony – I trained as an electrical engineer, but at the age of 27, moved into the computer industry for 20 years, selling large main-frame computers for hundreds of thousands of pounds, requiring air conditioned rooms. (Their power and memory was less than any mobile phone available today!)
At the age of 50, I moved into teaching, ostensibly Maths and Physics, but actually Computing. (I was often learning the night before, what I was teaching!) I ended up developing and running a school computer network until I retired at 73, and found myself with time on my hands.
By chance I saw an advert in the local chemist for volunteers with TapIT’s predecessor, and I started at Old Farm Court some 9 years ago, learning as I went along!