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Silver Surfers receive wave of support

SILVER surfers are to get new computers and extra training to improve their online experiences.

Stafford and Rural Homes successfully bid for up to £6,000 of government funding and will use the money to improve the IT facilities for the over 55s living at Marston Court and Shakespeare Road Independent Living Schemes.

The schemes will get four new internet-ready computers with LCD screens as well as four workstations and eight office chairs.

Sarah Wyke, Head of Independent Living for Stafford and Rural Homes, said there was a growing number of over 55s using the internet for many purposes.

“Getting online isn’t just for younger people and many of our customers use the computers we provide for everything from staying in touch with family members to keeping up to date with local events and learning new hobbies.”

SARH successfully bid for the money from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department of Work and Pensions for the new equipment through the Get Digital Project.

“We are delighted to have secured this major funding to expand our IT facilities and I hope our customers will enjoy the equipment,” said Matthew Gratton, ICT Project Manager for SARH.

In addition to the new computers customers will also be given training and support to improve their IT skills as part of the project, which is run by the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and Digital Unite.

Get Digital aims to help older people become more computer literate with access to computers, the internet and IT training.

“We aim to give customers living in our Independent Living Schemes access to a wide a range of training and support so they can stay active, social and continue to learn new skills,” added Sarah Wyke.

“The funding we have secured for the new IT equipment will help us to continue providing this important service to customers.”

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