Pen­sion­ers get les­son in us­ing com­put­ers

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

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