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Older residents in sheltered housing become more Internet-savvy!

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Published by J Knight for Orbit South in Housing and also in Communities, Education

Resident learning the joys of Clickmas Resident learning the joys of Clickmas

A digital inclusion event, festively entitled ‘Clickmas’, held at Orbit South sheltered schemes in Strood has helped residents to learn more about the internet and gain some first hand experience using the web.

On Tuesday 18 December Orbit staff travelled from across the country to get together and demonstrate their computing and tutoring skills to older people who had little or no experience of using computers and the Internet. The goal of the event was to raise awareness among the residents and encourage them to explore the benefits of getting online and to learn new digital skills.

About 15 residents attended the two events; one at Evelyn House in Strood and the other at Bushey Court in Slade Green, Kent. The day consisted of introducing residents to iPads, iPhones and laptops, social media, Google and websites of specific interest to each resident. The residents were willing students and showed great enthusiasm.

After lunch, residents pitted their wits against each other in Santa’s big quiz.  Some impressive scores were achieved and prizes handed to all!

Arthur Barnes, a resident from Evelyn House in Strood said; “I had heard about iPhones before, but had never actually seen one being used. I had no idea there was so much that you could do with one and found the session really interesting. I’m even thinking of getting one myself!”

The day was well received and seen as a great success with positive feedback results; many residents said that they would now consider using the internet alone as a means of finding information, shopping or recreational browsing. A resident at Bushey Court even declared that she was now planning to purchase an iPad!

Orbit South Senior Resident Engagement Advisor, Tom Gaskin said; "It was a great pleasure to support the residents to discover the wonders of the web! We’re committed to enabling residents to access the considerable benefits the internet offers and to developing new ways for our residents to engage with our services online.  Next year will see us launching our digital inclusion offer to residents and expanding the support we offer to get residents online.”

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