The mobile support officers (MSOs) run regular training programmes for residents on how to access the internet and how this can help them in many aspects of their day-to-day life.
During the year we hold sessions at many of our community centres. We have installed broadband into almost half our community centres, so that residents have a hub to go to. You can meet up, use the internet to get information and contact friends and family living further away.
We also run regular XBox Kinect sessions which give residents the opportunity to join in some gentle exercise as well as have some fun and social interaction.
If you would like to take part in any of these activities please speak to one of our MSOs.
Experience shows just how helpful these sessions are to some of our residents. For example, one gentleman, who had little contact with friends or family, was helped to get in touch with previous war-time colleagues through the social network site Friends Re-united. Another resident who, due to her deafness, found communicating on the phone with her family who live abroad very difficult was keen to learn how to email and text them. Now instead of the previous welfare checks done over the phone (which were very difficult both for her and for the MSOs) she emails the team daily so they know she is OK.