11 Jul 2013

GreenSquare partners with Age UK to enable digital inclusion

GreenSquare has formed a partnership with charity Age UK Oxfordshire, as part of its Digital Inclusion project, which aims to enable more of its residents to get online.

Earlier this month, GreenSquare donated 13 computers to Age UK Oxfordshire, with plans to donate more to the charity in the coming months. The computers, which came from GreenSquare’s ICT department, are currently having Windows installed on them and will then be distributed amongst GreenSquare residents and Age UK users.

Marian Pocock from Age UK Oxfordshire, said: “We are extremely appreciative of the donation of these computers. They are now just about up and running and will mean that we can cater for greater numbers of local older residents interested in learning  new skills and wanting to keep in closer touch with family and friends. Thank you GreenSquare!"

As part of the partnership, Age UK Oxfordshire recently ran several computer workshops for GreenSquare residents at Rosemary Court in Oxford, one of GreenSquare’s supported housing schemes.

Lew Fryer, GreenSquare’s Community Involvement Officer, explained: “We are keen to work closely with our residents to share the benefits of being digitally enabled. By giving residents access to PCs and training, it not only gives them the opportunity to improve their computer and internet skills but also offers them greater access to digital services.

“During the sessions, residents were taught how to navigate their way around the internet using search engines, and how to send emails. We also discovered that residents are showing an increased interest in learning how to use Skype and popular social media sites.”

For more information about GreenSquare’s Digital Inclusion project, please contact Lew Fryer on 01865 788753. To find out more about Age UK Oxfordshire, please visit www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire