Tenants get tablets
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Housing association A2Dominion has dished out brand new Samsung tablet computers to 10 of its older residents.
The tenants, who all live in Chimney Court, a Reading sheltered housing scheme, have been given the devices as part of a scheme to help them get online.
The tablets have been pre-loaded with ‘Breezie’, an interface designed to help less-familiar technology users navigate popular apps, websites and features of the device.
Breezie also gives older users easy access to health information, email and Facebook, as well as allowing them to monitor their own blood pressure and keep in touch with family at home and abroad.
Heather David, A2Dominion’s head of community involvement, said: “We are really excited to be part of this programme and to be able to choose 10 of our residents at Chimney Court to participate.
“The happiness and wellbeing of our residents, particularly the older generation, are vital to us and there are profound benefits to them being able to get online.
“This project will improve confidence among residents who are beginner internet and tablet users, and will be hugely rewarding to those with limited or no IT skills who feel like they are getting left behind.”
A2Dominion has been selected to run the project by the Tinder Foundation, a digital technology social enterprise, and NHS England, whose ‘widening digital participation’ programme aims to reach those who are both digitally excluded and suffer from health inequalities.