Older people in Carmarthenshire have been learning computer skills to keep in touch with family and friends and access services online.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Digital Inclusion Team, which is teaching people how to use digital technology under the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 project, has been working with the University of the 3rd Age (U3A) Group in Felinfoel. The Communities 2.0 project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The team has delivered BBC First Click computer courses to members of the U3A, as well as tailored training sessions on communicating with family and friends through SKYPE, accessing local authority services on the internet through an iPad and the Wii and finding bargains by shopping online.
The people attending have all commented on the skills they’ve gained and the confidence it’s given them to take advantage of the numerous benefits available to them online.
Betty Davies, who attended the courses, said “I really learnt a lot and enjoyed the classes immensely. I would like to have more classes as they are very informative and they will help me a lot.”
If you’re interested in having free courses on how to use computers from the Communities 2.0 team, please call Chris Burton or Wynne Evans on 01554 752355 or contact them by email at: