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Helping residents to get online in Colindale

Connected In Colindale

After reading an article about training to help get online in a previous edition of Hanover News, residents at Hanover Court Colindale are now regularly using the internet and connecting with each other more than they ever have before.

Following some successful taster sessions provided by We Are Digital, with the support of their estate manager residents agreed to set up a committee and a bank account so that they could apply for funds for training to help them get online.

We Are Digital helped with the application forms: one for the Awards for All programme and one for Hanover’s own Greenshoots programme. Both applications were successful, giving the residents a total of over £10,000 to spend on the project. 

The funds have been used to set up two group training courses and some one-to-one sessions, and the cost of the internet connection at the estate for the next two years. There were also enough funds to purchase 20 refurbished laptops for residents to use and then take home to practice what they had learnt.

Estate manager Miriam Umoh said: ‘The residents are really enjoying the course. Feedback is very positive and they are eager to keep attending. On top of that, people now socialise more with each other too.’

Alan Jones, who helped to set up the group, said: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant! He’s a really good tutor, very understanding. I didn’t know anything but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought.’

If you would like more information about getting online please speak to your estate manager.