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New facility will be used for teaching elderly people to use modern technology

Enfield mayor Suna Hurman opens thenew training centre with IT teacher John Burdon and centre manager Maria Ortiz Vega
Enfield mayor Suna Hurman opens the new training centre with IT teacher John Burdon and centre manager Maria Ortiz Vega

Ruth Winston Community Centre in Palmers Green has celebrated the opening of a new ‘computer and smartphone training suite’.

Enfield mayor Suna Hurman cut the ribbon on the new facility, which will be used to show the older generation how to make the most out of the internet, smartphones and emails.

Maria Ortiz Vega, the centre manager, said: “We are conscious that a large proportion of our older community are currently unable to use essential services such as from doctors or the council, which are delivered online.”

Ruth Winston Community Centre in Green Lanes made a successful application to Enfield Council’s neighbourhood fund to upgrade the computer equipment at the centre and enable a bright and relaxed computer training suite for up to eight people.

The aim is to build people’s confidence using technology over a period of time. The beginners course starts with how to turn the computer on, more advanced courses show how to use digital services from the government, the council , or to simply buy some shopping or a train ticket.

Maria added: “It is vital for us to continue supporting digital inclusion among the elderly. The cost-of-living crisis means that digital literacy is more important than ever in managing finances, shopping, cost-effectively accessing services and combatting isolation among the older community.

If you know someone who might benefit from the classes, get in touch with Maria:
Call 0208 886 5346


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