Col­lege helps pa­tients build their com­puter con­fi­dence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

COM­PUTER tu­tors from Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege have been shar­ing their ex­per­tise with pa­tients at a city mental health unit.

The col­lege pro­vided a free ses­sion for pa­tients at the Cavell Cen­tre on May 21, which was na­tional Sil­ver Surfers’ day and also part of Adult Learn­ers’ Week.

The users from the wards run by Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, who at­tended the ses­sion, had mixed com­puter abil­ity and were all given the chance to brush up on their skills and de­velop their knowl­edge of the in­ter­net.

Clin­i­cal spe­cial­ist Sonya McCul­lough said: “It was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for our ser­vice users to learn more IT skills and to feel com­fort­able about us­ing com­put­ers.

“A wide range of learn­ers came to the ses­sion on the wards, some were fairly com­puter lit­er­ate and oth­ers be­gin­ners.

“They said they would like to have more reg­u­lar IT ses­sions on the ward as it helped them build their con­fi­dence.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cour­ses pro­vided by Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege, visit www.peter­bor­ough.ac.uk or call 0845 872 8722.

The col­lege has also re­cently pub­lished its new part-time guide, which gives in­for­ma­tion on the 100s of part-time cour­ses to choose from, in­clud­ing hair­dress­ing, IT, lan­guages and teach­ing.

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