Telford retirement scheme resident goes digital
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing
A resident from a Telford retirement scheme has showcased his new found digital skills by designing a brand new website thanks to an exciting IT initiative from Sanctuary Housing.
Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project is aimed at teaching residents at retirement living schemes around the country how to use computers and see the benefits that digital technology can bring, such as communicating with friends and family or using online banking services.
After receiving specialist IT training through the initiative, Keith Walker from Hartshorne Court teamed up with Telford Senior Citizen Forum volunteer Bob Jago to create a scheme website.
The site advertises events at the scheme to the local community, as well as promoting the facilities for potential future residents.
Keith, who had hardly used a computer before the IT course started, has worked with Bob to make sure existing residents are able to make use of the website too by collating and displaying timetables of activities available at the scheme.
Viv Chalmers, Hartshorne Court scheme manager, is very impressed with Keith’s progress. She said: “With Bob’s help, Keith has done a really excellent job designing this new website. He has done it completely from scratch and it just goes to show how incredibly useful IT knowledge is in today’s digital age.
“Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project is allowing both residents and local community members alike to build up invaluable computing skills and I’m looking forward to seeing where else it takes them.”
To log onto the scheme website, visit http://www.hartshornecourt.org/.