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Get Online Week – Pam and Leonard’s story

2 October 2017

A retired couple from Rochford have the world at their fingertips after learning new computer skills on a training course.

Pam and Leonard Edwards, who live at Sanctuary Housing’s Millview Court for older people, have successfully completed a five-week Computer Access Training Course.

They decided to enrol on the course, which was funded by Sanctuary, so they could make the most of their laptop and tablet. As well as learning how to use the Internet and online services such as banking and shopping, Pam and Leonard were shown how to send emails and use the popular search engine, Google.

The couple, who have lived at the scheme for 15 years, are now enjoying a host of benefits with their new skills, all from the comfort of their living room 

Pam, aged 87, said: “We have got a tablet and a laptop and we thought it would sharpen our minds to learn. The course taught us how to send emails and search the Internet.

“I wasn’t sure how to use email before but now I do so it was really useful. I’m able to keep in regular contact with my family and friends at the touch of a button no matter what time it is. We have six children so there is a lot to keep up with!”

The sessions, run by Rayleigh & Rochford District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS), are designed to give residents the opportunity to develop new skills and improve their confidence using computers.

They also formed part of Sanctuary’s wider Sanctuary Online initiative which is supporting the housing provider’s residents to get online and see the benefits of using computers and the Internet.

Pam and Leonard are telling their story as part of Get Online Week (2-8 October 2017) – the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign managed by Good Things Foundation.


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