Telford residents get arty with new digital skills
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Residents of a Telford retirement scheme have been getting arty and using their new-found digital skills in a competition to design and create a poster advertising their annual Spring Fair.
The residents of Hartshorne Court, a Sanctuary Housing managed scheme, produced the posters using skills they have learnt over the last three months from computer classes delivered through Sanctuary’s Gigs and Megs project.
The interactive sessions, which are being run successfully at a number of Sanctuary Housing schemes across the country, are 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 using online banking services.
The sessions are not just restricted to residents of the scheme – they are also open to members of the local community who can join in, learn new skills and make friends in the process.
Hartshorne Court scheme manager Viv Chalmers set and judged the poster design competition, with the winning entry a joint effort by residents Keith Homer, Chris Peake and community member Norma Topping. The poster will now be displayed around the scheme and local neighbourhood, giving details of the Spring Fair which will take place at Hartshorne Court on Saturday 27 April from 10am - 4pm.
Viv was very impressed with the standard of the artwork. She said: “The posters were all really nice, and it was great that the winning entry ended up being such a joint effort – it was started by Keith, finished by Norma and prepared for printing by Chris!
“The computer classes at the scheme have really been going from strength-to-strength and it’s hard to believe that some of the posters were designed by people who had no IT experience at all three months ago.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing where else the digital training takes the residents – it’s opening up a whole world of new opportunities for them.”