Regenda Homes residents are set to improve their computer skills thanks to a National Lottery Grant.
The oral and local history project will see residents at St Peter’s Court develop their IT skills and use them to research local history and document their own life stories, creating a lasting legacy for their families.
The scheme has been awarded £10,000 by the National Lottery to improve IT facilities and pay for classes.
Developed by a group of residents with the support of their scheme manager, the project takes its inspiration from the work of New York Times bestselling author Sir Ken Robinson, whose younger brother John is a resident at St Peter’s Court. Sir Ken is also an official supporter of the project.
Regenda Homes has provided advice on purchasing new equipment, including tablets, a smart TV and laptops, as well as making improvements to the WiFi availability across the scheme.
Over 20 residents are expected to get involved in the project, which will also be opened to the local community.
Dr Paul Otterson and Colin Robinson, lecturers at Liverpool John Moores University, will deliver the programme which will be split across two sessions each week, the first concentrating on IT skills and the other on the history project.
Dr Paul Otterson said: “Evidence shows people learn skills more efficiently when the task is relevant to them, particularly in the case of IT. This project is a great way to help older residents improve their IT proficiency.
“The training will will range from using Skype to online shopping. Residents will learn practical everyday skills alongside those needed to complete their project.”
Sue, Scheme Manager, said “Residents are excited to take part and are eager to improve their skills. It is important that lifelong learning projects are made available to them.
“We believe the project will also help people socialise and promote social inclusion for the tenants and the local community”.
For more information please contact Regenda Homes. Call 0344 7360066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.