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Older People Gain IT Skills

To promote and encourage digital inclusion, we are running a pilot course of computer classes for residents in one of our sheltered accommodation schemes.

The pilot OWLs (Older Wiser Learners) project is currently taking place at Plum Hall, Nancy Smith Close, every Wednesday and finishes on Wednesday 29 April.

Eight tenants are currently taking part in the course which is helping them to develop basic computer skills including mouse control, keyboard skills, and saving and editing simple Word documents. The oldest participant is 97 years old.

The OWLs project is being delivered in partnership with Adult Community Learning (Wilson Marriage Centre) who are providing the tutor and loan of laptops, and funding from the Get Digital project, aimed at increasing digital inclusion for tenants of sheltered housing.

 

Karen Loweman, Director of Housing at CBH, said  "This pilot project is really exciting on many levels; partnership working, digital and social inclusion for our tenants, as well as empowering and supporting staff to realise their ideas and passions to benefit our sheltered tenants and the community".

We are aiming to work in partnership with Colchester Adult Community Learning to deliver further courses to tenants of sheltered housing.  Participants in this pilot course will have the opportunity to also attend a basic internet course at the Wilson Marriage Centre.