A Rotherham retirement scheme resident has achieved computer qualifications and has become an IT whiz through Sanctuary Housing’s digital inclusion programme.
Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project is designed to teach residents how to use computers and see the benefits that digital technology can bring.
Patricia Naylor from Danes View retirement living scheme got involved in the digital inclusion programme after the scheme received grants from both Sanctuary and the Big Lottery Fund to buy ten new laptops and a specialist computer for use by the visually impaired.
The 71-year-old – who has received computer training from a professional IT tutor – has attained Adult Numeracy and Literacy qualifications online since taking part in the project.
In addition, Patricia has successfully completed an NOCN Level 3 Award in progression and has been awarded credits in different computer-based tasks such as internet access, online shopping and digital photography.
Patricia said: “Before I took part in the initiative I hadn’t really used a computer before. I’m really proud that I’ve been able to achieve qualifications, and it’s thanks to Sanctuary’s digital inclusion project that all these opportunities have been opened up for me.