Pensioners get lesson in using computers
ELDERLY residents are to be given help getting online thanks to a grant.
Peaks and Plains Housing Trust in Macclesfield successfully applied for a £900 grant from the E.ON Digital Action Fund.
With the cash the social landlord has set up a computer course for residents of the sheltered housing scheme at Harry Lawson Court in Hurdsfield and paid for laptops and tablets which will be used by specially trained volunteers, known as ‘Digital Champions’, to help residents gain basic digital skills, such as using email and visiting websites.
Sylvia Morris, 81, is an enthusiastic member of the computer club and is a fan of the new lessons.
She said: “Understanding how to get online has made a real positive difference to my life. I’ve set up an email address for myself and can now contact my family and friends more easily. I also use Google to help me find ideas for knitting and craft activities.”
Helen Davies from Peaks and Plains said: “We’ve been able to set up a good environment for learning, with friendly relaxing sessions where people are encouraged to learn what they want at their own pace.”
●● Sylvia Morris from Macclesfield