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Extra IT sessions for Rochford retirement residents

9 June 2016

Retired residents in Rochford will be boosting their online skills with a series of advanced IT workshops.

Residents of Rochford Housing’s Rupert Jarvis Court, in Hockley, will be receiving five two-hour workshops from Rayleigh Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service, thanks to £250 worth of funding from the housing association’s Maureen’s Gift fund.

Launched during Volunteers’ Week (1 - 12 June), RRAVS volunteers will be showing the residents advanced tips and tricks to get the most from word processing programs, spreadsheets, file management and photo editing.

The sessions follow a previous round of beginner workshops at the scheme that covered the basics of getting online, emailing and sending photos. These proved so popular that residents were keen to boost their skills further and this second round soon followed.

Rochford Housing managing director Emma Keegan said: “We are living in an increasingly digital age and, as a result, it’s never been easier to keep in touch with our loved ones.

“This project will provide our residents with an even greater understanding of how to stay connected with those dearest to them and help reduce social isolation.”

Maureen’s Gift is a resident-led initiative that provides funding for charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of donations to help deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion and former chairperson of the Rochford Housing Association board, Maureen Vince.

To apply or find out more, contact the Rochford Housing office, quoting Maureen’s Gift on either 0300 1233511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email contactus@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.


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