Independent Living tenants have been getting to grips with online technology thanks to a Digital Inclusion Project.

David and Paul Ward from Age UK visited tenants at Northbrook Gardens, in Leyland, to offer simple tips and advice on how to use mobile phones, iPads, tablets and laptops.

The Digital Inclusion Project has been funded through our Community Investment Fund to help people feel confident using online technology.

One of our tenants, Geoff, was shown how to use the NHS app to book a doctor’s appointment, and order prescriptions. He said that until David had shown him, he would never have been able to do this on his own.

The project can help people get connected and provide tuition and support to anyone interested in buying or using a tablet, laptop or mobile phone. Age UK can help them get started or overcome the stumbling blocks that prevent them from making the most of their technology.

Age UK is offering one to one and group support via the phone or in person and can help with anything from simple problems like connecting to a shared network, to using Zoom to connect with family and friends.

Age UK can loan tablets and internet hubs to get people started and provide six months of free internet connection (20gb per month).

Sue Broster, Activities Co-ordinator, said: “It is good to see our Independent Living tenants making good use of the project and getting useful tips to help them engage with online technology.

“The project is open to Independent Living tenants who require help with their mobile phones, iPads, tablets and laptops. If you are struggling with any of these devices or would like to know more about how to access the internet, let your Independent Living Co-ordinator or Area Housing Officer know.”

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