Jessie Beattie

Regional Senior Learner of the Year
South East

When Jessie, aged 94, retired from a career as a health visitor 30 years ago, she continued learning and began with an evening class in French.

This followed with courses in New Testament Greek, Hebrew, Theology and Fairisle and Shetland knitting. However, it was Jessie’s decision to become computer literate in her late 80s that changed her life. Jessie bought a laptop and taught herself how to use Microsoft Word, send emails and talk on Skype and Windows Messenger, so she could keep in touch with friends and family. She also learned how to use the computer for digital photography and Excel spreadsheets for her Christmas card list. Mobility problems mean Jessie can no longer attend classes, so she highly values the opportunities offered by digital technology.

“[Learning] has made a huge difference to my life as it keeps me busy, interested in the world around me and able to communicate with friends and family around the globe. Information technology in particular has prevented me from feeling lonely and isolated as so many other old people find,” said Jessie.

Award Winner - Jessie Beattie
“Information technology in particular has prevented me from feeling lonely and isolated as so many other old people find.”
Jessie Beattie, 2010 Award Winner