Silver surfers come to eccleston
Sheltered housing tenants of Chorley Community Housing (CCH) in Eccleston have starting surfing the information superhighway.
Seven tenants from The Fields sheltered housing scheme have been given an introduction to using the Internet following training by Adactus Housing Group.
The training took place in the common room at The Fields, where residents normally meet for a coffee and a chat.
Chris Richardson, Neighbourhood Development Officer with CCH, said: “If you’re not able to access the internet these days then you’re not able to do lots of things that others take for granted whether that’s shopping online, downloading music or keeping in touch with friends and family via social networking sites. This training programme is designed to ensure that our older residents don’t miss out on opportunities that would otherwise be available to them.”
The training programme is being rolled out across CCH’s sheltered housing schemes. All schemes with a communal facility have been provided with broadband access and a laptop to enable residents to access the Internet.
Chris said: “The training follows on from our installation of the laptops earlier this year. The training is provided at a pace that suits the residents and from what I’ve seen they were all very quick to pick things up.”
Bill Smith from Adactus said: “We set all the residents up with an email account before showing them how to send and receive emails and how to explore the internet. As tenants gained in confidence we started looking at shopping on line. Helping tenants to take their first step into the world of internet research is fascinating. The prospects of being able to shop on line or to chase up their family history or even to book holidays has proved to be exciting for the residents.”