Digital Communities Wales kit helps older people get online in Ceredigion
Dozens of voluntary organisations, charities and community groups have received kit from Digital Communities Wales (DCW), with Age Cymru Ceredigion (ACC) being one.
Age Cymru Ceredigion (formerly Age Concern Ceredigion) is an independent charity, registered in 1994, to support older people aged 50+ in and around the county. In the case of ACC, the kit which has been provided is for customer use only and is ring-fenced from existing office equipment. The organisation has received a laptop, iPad and a trackball mouse.
Many of ACC’s customers are being helped to access online services. To help achieve this, ACC is training at least two dedicated digital champions through DCW. ACC currently has 200 volunteers and will encourage its service users and volunteers to become digital volunteers for the organisation, supporting them to access the training that DCW provides.
The provision of kit from DCW has enabled ACC to start a new class in Cardigan, following demand and need from local people. Depending on the success of that class, ACC will look at rolling out further sessions in other areas of need, such as community halls in more isolated areas including Beulah and Sarnau.
Ultimately, this will all lead ACC to help more of its service users to experience digital technology, improving their skills and access to equipment.
One person who attended a laptop session, that used the kit provided by DCW, told us how useful it had been: “Before attending this class, I was given a laptop to practice on at home – it was utterly my fault that I did not make full use of it.
If and when I buy a laptop or a desktop computer, I shall certainly return for more classes. The two hour classes opened up another world for me. My tutor proved to be an excellent teacher, understanding and sympathetic which was invaluable to an absolute beginner like me.”