Chat to grannies online
“I was so anxious, waiting at home with a reassuring cup of tea within reach,” Liz admits.
“Back then we were a small band of English men and women, many of whom had never even heard of this strange thing called Skype, let alone actually used it,” says Liz.
Following a long telephone conversation with Newcastle University, she then had to work out how to install Skype ahead of her first call to India.
The Core Team gets together on Skype early every Friday morning to discuss issues, new applications and ways forward, but usually communicates on a daily basis as well.
Over time the interviewing process for new Grannies has been refined and the first hurdle of any new recruit is to record a video of themselves.
“Posts are monitored by the Core Team so that if someone is in distress or there is a technical problem, we can quickly respond.
However, it is mostly the Grannies themselves who leap in offering support and empathy if a session hasn’t gone to plan.” Despite no funding available for a few years, Suneeta and a few of the Grannies kept the Granny Cloud going at the Ganga Learning Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and Khelghar, Pune, Maharashtra because they had developed relationships with these centres and believed strongly in the concept. Embrace Your Passions In Life & Surround Yourself With Others Who Share The Same Passions!You Only Live Once…So Live Strong, Live Deeply, Live Passionately!Just two ladies chatting over a cup of tea which set the tone for the years to come.” In those early days, communication was through email and a Wiki, which was rather formal and didn’t offer any real chance for the Grannies to get to know each other.However, following the first Granny Cloud conference in Newcastle, UK in 2010, friendships started to form and a Facebook group was set up shortly after, which remains an important and active community today.The Granny Cloud grew following the TED Prize in 2013 but once the new platform launched the demand was becoming too much for Suneeta to handle in her trademark friendly-style.