Ten­ants get web ac­tive with ‘ mouser­o­bics’

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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

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