Retirement scheme resident going digital in Rotherham
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Education
A Rotherham retirement scheme resident has become an IT whiz by achieving specialist digital qualifications through a Sanctuary Housing computer initiative.
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.
Patricia Naylor, who lives at Rotherham’s Danes View retirement living scheme, has become digitally-dexterous after the scheme received grants from both Sanctuary and the Big Lottery Fund to buy ten new laptops and a specialist computer for use by the visually impaired.
The 71-year-old – who has received computer training from a professional IT tutor – has attained Adult Numeracy and Literacy qualifications online since taking part in the project.
In addition, Patricia has successfully completed an NOCN Level 3 Award in progression and has been awarded credits in different computer-based tasks such as internet access, online shopping and digital photography.
The residents at the Sanctuary-owned scheme are also soon to be given access to free broadband which they can log on to in their own bungalows through the scheme’s Wi-Fi.
Patricia said: “Before I took part in the initiative I hadn’t really used a computer before. I’m really proud that I’ve been able to achieve qualifications, and it’s thanks to Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project that all these opportunities have been opened up for me.”
Danes View scheme manager, Joyce McCambridge, added: “It’s great to see the residents enjoying the computers and all the benefits that digital technology can bring.
“Since the residents started their computer training they have come on in leaps and bounds, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where they go next.”