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Get Online Week - Andrew's story

2 October 2017

Learning digital skills with Sanctuary has helped supported housing resident Andrew Bailey get out-and-about on his bike.

Andrew Bailey learning how to use an iPhone as part of Get Online Week

Andrew, a keen cyclist and resident at Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Cleves Road service in East Ham, didn’t know how to use the internet before taking part in the Sanctuary Online training.

But tutors showed him how to access and use apps on his smartphone, including one that highlights the best cycling routes in the area.

Andrew said: “I never really looked at the internet before; I didn’t really know how to use it.

“The lessons have been fantastic – they have made me feel much more confident and given me the opportunity to explore new areas for bike rides. Now I can try a different route every day!”

Sanctuary Online is training residents across the country to improve their digital skills so they can take advantage of the online world.

The benefits of having this knowledge have been transformative for our residents. They can check their online banking, find information on the internet and email friends and family on their own.

Joyce Baker, Local Service Manager

“It’s a fantastic compliment to their existing independent living support.”

Andrew is telling his story as part of Get Online Week (2-8 October 2017) – the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign managed by Good Things Foundation.

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

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