Essex residents are learning how to make the most of the online world with brand new computer equipment.
Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with Mitie’s property management business to provide Rayleigh & Rochford District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS) with £3,000 of laptops and tablets.
These will be used for computer training courses teaching the basics of the Internet and email, the next of which will be held at Bell House scheme for older people in Great Wakering.
The two-hour Computer Access Training sessions will run for five weeks and also show residents how to edit pictures and use social media.
The sessions are part of Sanctuary’s wider Sanctuary Online initiative which is supporting residents to get online and see the benefits of using computers and the Internet.
The nationwide programme offers free one-to-one training for residents in their homes. Delivered in partnership with We Are Digital, the project is helping residents learn valuable new skills such as managing money using Universal Credit and searching for jobs.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, said: “The computer training courses have proved very popular and being able to use the latest technology can only increase that.
“We are extremely grateful to Mitie for providing the new equipment and look forward to seeing the benefits for our residents.”
Mitie is working with Sanctuary to provide a programme of planned maintenance to properties across the Rochford district over the coming months.
Gareth Allcock, Regional Manager at Mitie Property Management, said: “Technology is something that should be accessible to people of all ages and we are happy to support Sanctuary in this way.
“This is another example of Mitie and Sanctuary working together to improve the lives of residents.”
Victoria Marzouki, partnerships and development manager at RRAVS, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary and Mitie on such a worthwhile project.
“This welcome donation will further strengthen our efforts to provide essential computer training in our community.”