Residents get digital

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About this website, About this website - online housing services, Get involved, Get involved - ways to get involved, News.

The housing company has been working in partnership with Digital Voice for Communities to get more  people online.

The two-hour digital training sessions have been running since October at two sheltered housing
schemes in Winlaton, West

Residents at Conifer Close and Crocus Close have been getting to grips with using a tablet to access the internet, send emails, upload photos and even try out social media.

The sessions aim to teach older residents basic digital skills so they feel confident going online.

Helen Watson, Involvement and Diversity Officer, said: “The sessions, which run over six weeks, encourage older people to learn digital skills which can help them stay connected with family and friends.                                                                                                                  

“This session can also help to reduce the risk of being socially isolated by helping older people do their shopping online, pay bills from the comfort of their own home and report home repairs.”

Due to high demand and positive feedback there will be more training sessions starting in January. No previous experience is required and a tablet will be provided to use in the sessions so everyone is welcome to attend.

Details of other free courses for residents in Gateshead are available online.

If you’re interested in finding out more about digital training sessions email the Involvement Team, call: 0191 433 5357 or text ‘INVOLVE’ to 0778 620 8277.

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