Swindon retirement scheme residents go digital
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Residents from Laurel Court retirement scheme in Swindon have been celebrating after their scheme was chosen to receive broadband and IT equipment as part of an exciting initiative from Sanctuary Housing.
Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project 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 using online banking services.
Through the project, residents at the Sanctuary-owned scheme have been given access to free broadband and computer equipment and are set to receive IT training which is being delivered in partnership with the Football League Trust (FLT).
A launch event for the project was held at the scheme on Wednesday (23 October) where residents were joined by Sanctuary’s network infrastructure manager Phill Heeley, who came along as part of the Group’s employee volunteering scheme. Phill was on hand to provide IT support to the residents and help solve any common issues they may have in getting online.
Residents from the scheme will now receive further IT training so they can inspire other tenants to get online. Laurel Court will establish itself as digital inclusion ‘regional hub’ for the area and residents from other local Sanctuary schemes will be able to visit the accommodation and learn IT skills direct from the Laurel Court tenants.
Ray Gerrish, local services manager for the region, said: “This project will be great for the residents, allowing them to learn new digital skills as well as giving them the opportunity to pass those skills on to other residents.
“We are the first scheme in the South West to be given access to broadband, and I’d like to thank everyone who came along to support us at the launch event.”
Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project will see the roll out of broadband at schemes across the country, with regional hubs for each area providing support for the residents involved.
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