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Swarcliffe IT coure presentation

Older people on a Leeds estate managed by Yorkshire Housing received free tablet devices after finishing an IT course.

 Residents in the Swarcliffe estate were presented with Amazon Fire tablets for successfully completing the training recently.

 They live in Yorkshire Housing’s Sherburn Court sheltered housing scheme – which is due for an IT upgrade.

 Wifi could be fitted in the downstairs communal areas by October while the housing association is also donating a desktop computer for residents to use.

 Yorkshire Housing’s Swarcliffe team organised the free IT course to help the tenants, who are all over 55, get the most out of the equipment.

 And the Amazon Fire tablets come with useful apps and links to relevant websites, such as Yorkshire Housing, pre-installed.

 Staff will also be on hand to assist with any future queries the residents may have about using their tablets.

 Yorkshire Housing’s Swarcliffe and Community Investment teams joined forces to offer the training with We Are Digital.

 Conor Robinson, contract and performance team leader at Swarcliffe, said the residents all enjoyed course.

He added: “Collectively, the tenants have advised that they’re keen to learn more and would also be interested in completing further training.


“They were all extremely appreciative of the opportunity. They were a great group to work with and it’s been a pleasure to see them all enjoy the course so much.”

 The course, which was held in July, covered among the following topics:

  • IT basics (mouse, keyboard, desktop, files and folders);
  • internet browsing and using a search engine to find information;
  • sending and receiving emails and adding attachments;
  • filling in online forms, such as Universal Credit;
  • word processing and writing a CV;
  • online banking;
  • and social media (including Facebook and Twitter).

 Further runs of the same three-module course are in the pipeline to offer more residents the chance to learn new skills.

 The IT upgrade will allow movies to be streamed from the internet for film nights in a boost to Sherburn Court’s social calendar.

 And it will enable residents to access vital services, many of which have moved online.​

 Sherburn Court boasts 86 properties for over-55s. All of the scheme’s tenants are eligible for the IT course.

Pictured above with their Amazon Fire tablets are (back row left to right) John Butterfield, John Curry, Yorkshire Housing’s Conor Robinson and Bernard Catley and (front row left to right) Dorothea Butterfield, Anne Cockrem, Phyllis Kilbourne and Helen Hampshire.