Posted on 11 April 2016
Age has proved no barrier for a group of enterprising residents of Windmill Court and Minster Court sheltered housing schemes in King’s Lynn. The intrepid pensioners, all over the age of 80 years, have been developing keyboard skills and exploring the digital world as part of an initiative by housing provider, The Hyde Group.
From communicating with family and friends in far flung places via Facebook, Face-Time, Skype, Twitter and email to supermarket shopping online using eBay and Amazon, this project has opened up a whole new realm of opportunities for the residents who have taken part.
Jennifer Shaw, Scheme Assistant at Windmill Court and Minster Court, in King’s Lynn, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to see how much residents have gained from the Digital Inclusion sessions at both Windmill Court and Minister Court. They have embraced the technology and really seem to enjoy being able to do so much. Some are communicating with family and friends in far flung places in the world, some are using money saving and comparison sites, banking safely online, supermarket shopping and even playing games!
As residents have learned to use the technology they have grown in confidence and have been able to do so much more in the digital world. It has made such a difference to their lives, I am very proud of them.”
Resident Mrs Joy Dode, said: “It has opened up a whole new world for me, I no longer feel lonely as I know all I have to do is press a button and there is always someone there to keep me company either through Face-Time or Facebook.”
The sessions at Windmill Court and Minster Court are part of The Hyde Group’s Getting Online programme which is delivered by Hyde Plus the group’s social investment team and has delivered training to over 1500 Hyde residents and many community members since it was launched over three years ago.