The Hub, operating from The Greyhound in Lime Street, on a fortnightly basis recognised that basic IT is a must for their clients to so they can gain the confidence to explore the internet for jobs, interests and life in general. It would be an essential tool and skill for their future.
The Positive People project and Cosmic joined forces to lay on the basic computer course at the wi-fi enabled Stogursey Victory Hall , supported by the Parish Council.
Clive Newton, IT trainer, Positive People Project said: “Positive People has been running introductory digital classes in Stogursey Victory Hall over the last six weeks. Ten members of the local community and hub clients have attended, all eager to brush up their digital and computing skills.
“Topics covered have varied from starting to use a keyboard and mouse through to introducing internet searching, sending emails and basic use of tablets and smart phones.”
The workshops have proved so popular three more have been scheduled for later in May. Clive added: “I’m really pleased with the level of engagement of those who have attended. Everyone has made solid progress, and aren’t afraid of giving it a go, which is the most important thing!”
Jill Dillamore, Stogursey hub lead; said: “It became obvious that technology had moved on for a few of our clients and as the Government and companies now require you to go online for many different functions, they were finding the new regime difficult, so we organised a computer course run by Positive People which lasted for six sessions of two hours each.
“Our clients were so enthusiastic that a further three sessions have been arranged using not only laptops but making the best of tablets and smart phones. Three of our clients who always asked for support on the computer, are now doing it for themselves”.
Hub users are enthusiastic: Betty said: “I found the course very useful and am looking forward to the next three sessions. I am now going to get my own tablet”, while Harry said he “had learned how to use the computer, which is very helpful to me when searching for jobs.”
West Somerset has five Community Employment Hubs so anyone in need of a basic computer course should get get in touch with their local hub. The course is free for those not in paid employment.
The hubs are available for people to just drop in for a chat and a cuppa as follows:
Every Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm The River, Williton Children’s Centre: Tel: 01984 635980
Wednesdays (fortnightly) 9.30am-12.00pm The Well, The Greyhound, Lime St, Stogursey: Tel: 01278 732490
Every Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm The Sanctuary’, Watchet: Tel: 01984 248169
1st Thursday of the month 10:00am – 12:30pm The Valley, Dulverton Library, Fore St: Tel: 01398 323579
Every Friday 9.30am-12.00pm The Bridge @ The Hub Hopcott Rd, Minehead: Tel: 01643 707598
Note: Attached are images of the digital classes in Stogursey