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Residents now ready to surf the net

A group of seven residents from Helmshore Extra Care Scheme in Rossendale are celebrating their success after completing some online training thanks to Mears.

Mears, which provides care and support to 24 residents at the scheme, offered training after noticing some residents were getting left behind in the digital age.

The training day was designed around the participant's needs, with different levels for varying experience. Residents learnt how to carry out tasks on the internet that many younger people take for granted - including sending an email, online shopping, social media and online security.

Many people who took part have made friends as well as becoming more computer savvy. Some were so enlightened by the training that they have set up a computer club to further their skills and help new learners.

Barbara Ingham, Manager Mears Helmshore said 'Everyone has said how much they enjoyed the training. Having the skills, experience and - importantly - the confidence to use the Internet is essential for everybody, regardless of your age.'

Resident Margaret Openshaw said 'We all really enjoyed the talk and the information received. I hope to go on improving my skills all the time'







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