Tenants get web active with ‘ mouserobics’
TENANTS of Peaks and Plains Housing Trust are being taught ‘mouserobics’ and being helped to get online.
It’s all thanks to a £900 grant from the E.ON Digital Action Fund, which has paid for laptops and tablets so specially trained volunteers, known as ‘digital champions’, can help residents gain basic digital skills, such as using email and visiting websites.
The funding has also been used to set up a weekly computer club for residents of the sheltered housing scheme at Harry Lawson Court.
Focusing on ‘mouserobics’, this group has been getting to grips with pointing and clicking, learning to scroll up and down, and cutting and pasting text.
Sylvia Morris, aged 81, is an enthusiastic member of the computer club.
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, digital inclusion officer at Peaks and Plains, said: “Everything’s online now – you can look up train times, buy tickets, check the weather and see what’s on TV.
“It’s the world at your fingertips, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from that.
“With funding from E.ON, 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 with a cup of tea and a biscuit. We’re hoping to set up more groups like this across the community in 2015.”
Fran Puddick, from E.ON’s digital team, said: “We’re keen to play our part in helping to get Macclesfield residents online, so that more people can start to realise the huge and varied benefits that the internet can bring.
“By using our Digital Action Fund to support local groups that share these aims, like Peaks and Plains, we hope to reach people who have never used the internet themselves, as well as those who have yet to see the full range of uses it can be put to, from staying in touch with family and friends to managing bills online.”
For more information about E.ON’s work around digital inclusion, visit eonenergy.com/Abouteon/Community/ help-getting-online.
●● Sylvia Morris is taught ‘mouserobics’ by staff a Cheshire Peaks and Plains