Residents at a retirement living scheme in Rochford are putting their new found IT skills to the test after successfully completing a computer training course.
Residents living at Sanctuary Housing’s Millview Court in the town learned how to use the Internet and online services such as banking and shopping.
The Computer Access Training course, funded by the leading housing provider, gave residents the opportunity to develop new skills and improve their confidence over five two-hour sessions run by Rayleigh & Rochford District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).
Residents also got to grips with Skype so they can regularly speak to relatives using the communications software.
The programme formed 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 programme offers free one-to-one training for residents in their homes. Delivered in partnership with We Are Digital, the nationwide project is helping residents learn new skills such as searching for jobs and managing money using Universal Credit.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, said: “Computers play a crucial role in everyday life and courses like this give our residents the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to use them.
“This course has been extremely beneficial and has opened up an array of opportunities for those who took part.”
Victoria Marzouki, from RRAVS, said: “The course proved to be very popular and feedback from the residents was extremely positive.
“The funding has enabled RRAVS to work in partnership with Sanctuary Housing to ensure that we are supporting the residents to reduce social isolation and teach them a new skill that will benefit them.”
Sanctuary has funded the local training through its Maureen’s Gift fund, which gives donations to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of financial help to deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince.
To apply or find out more about Maureen’s Gift, contact Sanctuary, quoting Maureen’s Gift, on either 0300 123 3511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.