Sanctuary Retirement Living residents learning how to get online

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Noble House residents get hands on with the web

23 March 2017

Retirement living residents in Worcester have been getting to grips with the online world thanks to a digital training course.

Sanctuary’s Noble House has been hosting the sessions as part of the Sanctuary Online initiative, which runs in partnership with training provider We Are Digital.

Tutors from We Are Digital worked in teams and one-on-one to help residents understand how to use the Internet on the digital devices most familiar to them, whether PC, laptop, phone or tablet.

Sanctuary Retirement Living residents learning how to get online Sanctuary Retirement Living residents learning how to get online.

Two of the six planned sessions have taken place so far, providing residents with a better understanding of how to use these devices to send emails, use Google for searches and maps, shop online and understand how to stay secure when browsing the Internet.

Scheme services manager Vivienne Hobbs said: “National figures show that 12.6 million people lacked the digital skills necessary to access the Internet in 2016.

“The Sanctuary Online initiative is shaping up to be a fantastic way for our residents to get to grips with the online world and access services in a new way.”

Sanctuary Online aims to train around 600 residents across the country and improve their digital skills so they can take advantage of the online world. As part of the programme, there is also a City and Guilds qualification available for residents who want to use the training to improve their employability skills.

As of March 2020, Sanctuary Online has changed. For more information, please see the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment page.

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