Corner House goes digital

21 June 2017

Residents of a Mansfield care home have been getting to grips with the digital world as Learning Disability Week comes around.

One of the residents at Corner House using a laptop.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Corner House, which provides residential care for people with learning disabilities, has been hosting a series of workshops with We Are Digital through the Sanctuary Online initiative.

We Are Digital tutors have been working with residents one-to-one and in group sessions to help them understand how to use the Internet on the digital devices most familiar to them, whether PC, laptop, phone or tablet.

The sessions have carried on through Learning Disability Week 2017 (June 19 to 26), and are helping residents gain the independence to use the Internet and web-enabled devices by themselves.

Sessions have covered certain themes, such as searching for information  about personalities, such as footballers, film stars and politicians and on places, including Skegness, where residents are about to go on holiday.

Resident Warren Bailey was quick to grasp the basics and after just one lesson was able to understand how to search for content like film trailers on YouTube using his iPad in the comfort of his own room.

SSL local service manager Jo Hardwick said: “National figures show that 12.6 million people lacked the digital skills necessary to access the Internet in 2016.

“Over the years we’ve had a number of donations of iPads and other tablet PCs but if residents needed to find anything, it meant asking a staff member to help them. Thanks to the Sanctuary Online sessions, they’re getting the independence to use modern technology and the Internet by themselves.”

Over the years we’ve had a number of donations of iPads and other tablet PCs but if residents needed to find anything, it meant asking a staff member to help them. Thanks to the Sanctuary Online sessions, they’re getting the independence to use modern technology and the Internet by themselves.

Jo Hardwick, Local Service Manager

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.

Courses are open to Sanctuary residents of all ages and skill levels. To book a session at your home, text Sanctuary to 07537 416 944, call 03333 442 561 or email sanctuary@we-are-digital.co.uk.

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