Sanctuary Housing residents in Hackney have been getting online thanks to a free six-week training course taking place at Homerton’s Morningside Community Centre.
In partnership with training provider We Are Digital, the Sanctuary Housing course, part of its Sanctuary Online initiative, will show residents how to use the Internet to access a range of daily services.
Over the course of six weeks, residents will learn how to search for work and training opportunities online, use word processing software and access forms for important services like Universal Credit.
Workshops will also offer guidance on more general principles of using a computer, such as navigating the desktop, learning how to browse the Internet and sending and receiving emails.
Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “National figures show that 12.6 million people lacked the digital skills necessary to access the Internet in 2016.
“Through the Sanctuary Online initiative, these sessions can help residents develop the skills they need to access training and employment opportunities, as well as the resources of the wider Internet which will benefit them in the future.”
Hackney resident Beatrice Ezeogu said: “I want to learn essentials like using email, online forms & access services online.”
Meanwhile, fellow resident Doreen Gosling added: “I want to learn how to do internet banking and shopping by online.”
We Are Digital is a major provider of digital and financial inclusion training with the largest network of centrally-controlled tutors in the UK, providing both in-home tuition and group courses for all ages.