Man Develops New Safety Course on How to Avoid Fraud After Power Surge

LOCAL man helps fight a wave of fraud by working with the council to develop a new safety course on how to avoid it.

The course is part of a free online learning platform that has just been launched by Inverclyde Council, offering people the opportunity to learn skills in all areas, from the prevention of falling victim to money management advice scams.

The community’s community, learning and development (CLD) service has set up a dedicated website hosting courses covering a wide range of subjects.

The internet-based platform allows people to participate at their own pace, at their own pace and in a location that works best for them, with the support of trained staff when needed.

Other courses offered include an SQA Level 5 Award for Mental Health and Wellness, Introduction to Food Hygiene and Mindfulness.

They will run alongside existing courses covering areas such as literacy, digital skills and employability and have been developed with the support of partner organizations such as Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), The Scottish Association for mental health (SAMH) and skills development. Scotland.

The new website – – was officially launched at the council’s iYouthZone on Nicolson Street in Greenock with the help of volunteers Gordon Ewan and learner Barry Taft.

Gordon, 59, a retired man from Wemyss Bay who has developed a course on fraud and scams, said: “I started as a volunteer in 2019 with the team and I was supposed to show to people how to use smart devices at Inverkip Hub. .

“But with the lockdown, everything was closed and put online and we were asked for lesson ideas.

“I suggested cooking at home, then I had an idea for a fraud and scam prevention course and have developed it ever since.

“People were talking about fraud and scams within the volunteer group because of all the texts and emails going around, so we put some ideas together and it made arms and legs grow.

“It will be good to see it come to life and it will be interesting to see how it evolves as people get started.”

Learner Barry, 60, of Greenock, says he highly recommends an online course, having taken several and learned skills in areas such as IT and personal finance himself.

He said: “I started taking classes about a year before the lockdown and worked with CLD in the library with computer skills.

“At my age, you don’t know how to turn them on because you didn’t grow up with them.

“I had no idea about computers – even now I’m still learning.

“I also got help with different apps for my phone, like banking, to manage my money.

“Before that I wouldn’t have known how to run an app and during lockdown, for example, I should have come to town for the bank.

“Now I can look on the app and see how much I have and it helps me manage my money better.

“I have found these courses very useful and so beneficial.

“I’m back at the library doing things online and just started the new mindfulness course. ”

Councilor Jim Clocherty, Head of Education and Communities at Inverclyde Council, hopes many others will follow Barry’s example and take advantage of the wide range of courses available.

Cllr Clocherty said, “With so much going online now and increasing internet usage during various lockdowns for work, education and entertainment, these new online courses will be accessible to so many people.

“The courses available are very varied and will be of great benefit to residents of all ages across Inverclyde.

“I encourage anyone who wants to learn new things, whether it is to improve their employment chances, advance their careers or just for fun, to register. ”

* For more information on available courses and to register to participate for free, visit

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