SmartCell is proud to announce that we are providing Connected Canadians with 30 devices we have donated to their program.
Connected Canadians is a federally incorporated non-profit organization established in 2018 to help connect older adults with free technology training and support. Many Connected Canadians volunteers are new Canadians who are highly skilled technology workers, collectively they speak 12 languages. Volunteers benefit from the cultural awareness and conversational practice opportunities that come from their interaction with clients, and clients feel a sense of pride and connection in helping to welcome newcomers into the community.
During COVID-19 Connected Canadians has expanded its programs to serve seniors in a variety of different ways, helping to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst seniors.
HelpAge Canada is Canada’s only national and international charitable organization exclusively working for older persons, since 1975, and a founding member of HelpAge International operating in 85 countries.
Seniors Can Connect! is a collaboration between HelpAge Canada and Connected Canadians. The aim is to provide access and support to technology for seniors across Canada through two integrated programs: a toll-free tech support hotline (training and support for seniors with their own devices), and tablet computer lending services for seniors who lack devices to communicate online. This program is launching locally in the Ottawa area this month, with plans to roll out nationally shortly after.