Pickering and Ferens Homes launches digital scheme to get residents online

Pickering and Ferens Homes launches digital scheme to get residents online

Gone are the days where Facebook was an over 50s free zone and society is slowly waking up to the fact that the internet is a place which can benefit everyone and that the elderly are using it more than ever.

Pickering and Ferens Homes have a growing number of senior surfers who are now benefitting from free WiFi, which has been kindly sponsored by KC across all five of our sheltered housing schemes in the communal areas.

John Langham, from KC, recently visited our Digital Superheroes at Humber View, where there are around six residents currently using the WiFi via their own iPads.

John said: “I am delighted that we have been able to get Pickering and Ferens Homes residents up and running online. For the elderly, opportunities for going out can become more restricted, making the benefits to be had from surfing much greater.

“You can find out about personal finance issues such as pensions, have greater knowledge about consumer rights and even finding simple how to articles that make the Internet into one big Haynes manual for almost everything we own.”

In the New Year, KC will be attending each of the sheltered housing schemes to deliver a drop in workshop, where residents will be invited to bring in their own devices and receive setup advice and training from digital experts.

These Get Online courses will allow Pickering and Ferens Homes to gauge interest and appetite for learning and further structured courses will then be scheduled and delivered by KC.

Look out for further details about the drop in sessions in the next addition of People First.