Longstanding chairman celebrates his retirement at charities’s AGM.
John Keep (on the left of picture) outgoing chairman of IT Help at Home was presented with an Engraved Tankard on his retirement by the new chairman Barry Garlick at the AGM held at the Cross Keys, Lydford Cross on Tuesday Evening the 20th September.
In his first address to the charity Barry Garlick praised his predecessors efforts and commitment to the charity and thanked him for his many years of work.
The charity provides one to one tuition in the clients home, it also gives information, advice and guidance on equipment and safety online, while visiting once a week people who otherwise can feel quite isolated, the criteria for help being that they can not benefit from public courses.
The charity can trace its roots to a council run inclusion program called Mendip Online started in 2004 with a £50,000 grant. In 2008 the initiative was due to close, a group of volunteers led by John Keep formed IT Help at Home.
Its remit, to help the housebound, their carers and the elderly get online. the area was increased to cover South Somerset.
In the years since nearly 600 have benefited from the service and countless others have had a one off visit to receive advice and guidance on purchasing the right type of computer for their needs, all free of charge.
At present their are about 30 volunteers giving their time freely, travel expenses are the main expense but also maintaining a stock of computers, tablets and peripherals for clients to try.
This is funded mostly by Yarlington Housing Association and small donations from grateful clients.