GALLERY: Pensioners click with computers

10:53 08 April 2014

MP Steve Barclay presented certificates to older people who have completed IT course at Bradshaw Court, March. MP Steve Barclay playing air hockey with residents Becky Lilly and Dolly Trowler.Picture: Steve Williams.

MP Steve Barclay presented certificates to older people who have completed IT course at Bradshaw Court, March. MP Steve Barclay playing air hockey with residents Becky Lilly and Dolly Trowler.Picture: Steve Williams.

Archant

Residents at a care home have been clicking with technology in a day designed to beat the fear of IT.

MP Steve Barclay presented certificates to older people who have completed IT course at Bradshaw Court, March. Left: Jim Ashton 87 yrs old and Bill Cadman 74 yrs old working on their ipads.  Picture: Steve Williams.MP Steve Barclay presented certificates to older people who have completed IT course at Bradshaw Court, March. Left: Jim Ashton 87 yrs old and Bill Cadman 74 yrs old working on their ipads. Picture: Steve Williams.

MP Steve Barclay presented residents of Bradshaw Court, March, who are in their 70s, 80s and 90s, with certificates for completing the bite sized computer course, Learn My Way.

The scheme helps vulnerable older people get online. It teaches them new skills and reduces their social isolation by encouraging them to learn together and communicate digitally with friends and family.

Joan Smith, 88, said: “Learning to shop online has been amazing as my husband doesn’t drive anymore and it’s much harder to get out and about.

“There was no pressure when it came to the course and it was really enjoyable to learn about computers.”

They’ve learnt how to browse the Internet, send email, use i-pads, play games like air hockey and shop online.

The learners have formed their own digital club and two residents have volunteered as digital champions to provide regular tuition.

Mr Barclay said: “Many of them had never used a computer before, let alone a tablet, yet they are now using the internet for online shopping, keeping in touch with family and friends and more.

“Many of us take this sort of thing for granted, but there are around 11 million people in the UK who are thought not to have sufficient IT skills.

“It is schemes like these which show that, with the right training, anyone can reap the advantages of using the internet, which is particularly important in rural areas such as ours.”

The scheme is a result of key organisations joining forces to make it happen. These include Cambridgeshire County Council’s Adult Learning team with funding via the SeNs project, Centra Care and Support and Circle Housing Roddons who run Bradshaw Court, mobile company Three who provided the initial free wireless internet access and UK Online and the Tinder Foundation for providing the Learn My Way course.

To find out about how you can enrol on the Learn My Way Course in your area, contact Nyree Scott on 07881837543.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 06:55
In Bloom judges visit Wisbech

King John’s lost treasure, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein story and the Queen’s 90th birthday were the themes of eye-catching displays at St Peter’s Church Gardens.

Fri, 11:16
Jobs Centre Plus

Youth unemployment in the Fens dropped 36 per cent in the past year according to new figures from Job Centre Plus.

Fri, 17:55
Aidan Payne (Customer Service Assistant), Mayor of March, Councillor Andrew Donnelly, Harry Wilson (Team Leader), Brenda Smith (Team Leader), Wayne Shepperson (Store Colleague), Joel Mattless (Store Manager) and Sheena Robinson (Senior Colleague Development Assistant)

Today (Friday) saw the opening of the refurbished Co-operative store in Badgeney Road, March with support from mayor Councillor Andrew Donnelly.

Fri, 16:59
Frances Gillett's surprise 75th birthday party at Little Downham Village Hall. Picture: Steve Williams

She was told she would be lucky to reach 40, but Frances Gillett, who has Down’s Syndrome, has defied the odds and celebrated her 75th birthday - and is now believed to be the oldest women in the world with the condition.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up