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Web workshops offer world of opportunity to Rochford residents

19 October 2018
Thuvia Evans (left) and Connie Creighton (right)

The residents of two retirement housing schemes in Rochford are getting to grips with technology, thanks to a series of home-based computer workshops.

Coinciding with Get Online Week, 15 to 21 October, Sanctuary Housing is funding Rayleigh and Rochford Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS) to deliver a free course at Spa Court in Hockley and Wedgwood Court in Ashingdon.

The weekly two-hour sessions aim to increase digital skills and reduce social isolation by focusing on how to connect with others and use the internet safely and securely.

Residents who have their own PC, tablet or smartphone, will receive help with anything they might be having difficulties with. Session leaders also bring user-friendly devices for others to try their hand at during the bespoke sessions.  

Learners of all skill levels are supported with step-by-step processes for a wide range of technical and web-based tasks, ranging from sending a basic text message to finding good car insurance deals online.   

Victoria Marzouki, manager at RRAVS, said: “Thinking about using the internet or getting started with a new piece of technology can be overwhelming for some.  

“We encourage people to give things a try at their own speed, showing them the opportunities that are available at their fingertips.”

Sally Kamaryc, Sanctuary’s scheme manager at Spa Court, commented: “Several of our residents have said how enlightened they feel after the sessions. It clearly gives them the confidence boost they need.  

“One lady is even learning how to use Skype so she can keep speak to her granddaughter who is currently travelling abroad.” 

Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “This project will provide some of our older residents with the support they need, in order to be more independent and participate in an ever-changing modern society.”

RRAVS Computer Café, which runs on Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm at The Salvation Army on Rayleigh High Street, is available to provide technical support to learners of all ages and skills.

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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