Sanctuary surfers making waves in Littleport
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing
Residents from a Littleport retirement scheme are set to go digital thanks to the launch of an exciting IT initiative from Sanctuary Housing.
Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project is aimed at teaching residents at retirement living schemes 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.
Through the project, residents at Sanctuary-owned Anchor Court in Littleport have been given access to free broadband and computer equipment and are receiving professional IT training from Cambridgeshire County Council.
A recent launch event for the project saw more than 16 residents attend and ‘buddy up’ with each other to learn computer basics so that they can move on to learn more advanced skills through specialist online courses.
Linda McCullough, Sanctuary’s local service manager, said: “The launch of the project was really successful and it’s incredible how many people came along. It’s clear that the residents are very enthusiastic about learning new IT skills.
“The residents will now be setting up their own computer club and will be able to achieve IT qualifications through the online courses – the sky really is the limit for them.”
Councillor David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, added: "The scheme is about providing older people with new skills and building up their confidence and it’s fantastic to hear about so many people taking part.
“It really does show that age is no barrier when it comes to accessing the wonderful world of the web and all it has offer in terms of e-services, staying connected with family and, of course, shopping online this Christmas."
Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project is seeing the roll out of broadband at retirement schemes across the country, with regional hubs for each area providing support for the residents involved.