What is the tek eagles progreamme?
TEK Eagles is a project introducing elderly members of the Pakistani community to the basics of using a smartphone, helping them to enjoy the benefits of this technology in their everyday lives.
Led by community members in a hands-on, fun and collaborative environment, the sessions cover key aspects of smartphone use for the elderly including communicating with friends and relatives via different channels, using video call facilities and taking photographs.
Each course will be tailored with the individual participants in mind – ensuring the sessions are as useful and engaging as possible. Three sessions have successfully ran in Manchester, Oldham and Bury, while our Salford project has recently launched in an alternative digital-focused format.
The first Alchemy Arts sessions took place in August 2019, and we were pleased to be one of two organisations who were successful in their Subculture Programme bid for Ambition for Ageing late last year.
We created TEK Eagles after noticing how many of the things we take for granted, such as video calling relatives abroad, WhatsApp messaging friends or checking up on local news, often weren’t accessible to elderly members of the community.
Whilst the main aim is becoming more proficient in the essential aspects of using a smartphone, there are so many sub-benefits to this such as better communication, enhanced mental wellbeing and better access to key information regarding current affairs, health and more.
We already have specific outcomes in mind, but what will be especially interesting is to see what else we can discover in relation to technology and elderly members of the Pakistani community.
Data will be gathered from each session and processed to gain deeper insights into where participants are when they begin and how they feel as we finish. We’ll use this data to fine-tune the sessions.
Our eventual aim is to continue to roll out TEK Eagles across several other locations here in the North West and beyond.