Telford residents get online with new computers
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Education
Jan Ardin and Diane Law
Computer classes at a Telford retirement scheme are going from strength-to-strength thanks to a Sanctuary Housing initiative which is helping people learn IT skills direct in their own home.
The residents of Hartshorne Court, owned and managed by Sanctuary Housing, have just received a donation of IT equipment from Sanctuary and this will enable computer training to continue well into the New Year.
The classes, launched earlier this year, are being delivered through Sanctuary’s Gigs and Megs project. The initiative is designed to teach residents how to use computers and see the benefits that digital technology can bring, such as communicating with friends and family or accessing banking services.
The sessions are not just restricted to residents of the scheme – it is also open to members of the local community who can join in, learn new skills and make new friends in the process.
Residents from Hartshorne Court have been getting digital since September through sessions delivered by a qualified tutor from the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). One of the residents has gone on to become the sheltered scheme’s ‘digital champion’ and is now supporting the delivery of future classes.
Scheme manager Viv Chalmers has been delighted with the success of the project. “The classes have been going really well and for some residents it is the first time they have ever been on the internet!
“Thanks to Sanctuary’s donation of new computer equipment, we can continue these classes well into 2013 – in fact, we already have a waiting list of people from the local community who want to come along and learn new digital skills.”
Simon Clark, Managing Director Sanctuary Housing Services, commented: “We are thrilled that we are able to offer continued support as part of the Gigs and Megs project. IT skills are more and more important in today’s digital age and we hope to be able to help as many people as possible.”