IT CLASS SUCCESS DURING COVID-19
Featherstone Rovers Foundation’s IT & Biscuit class is proving how successful and useful it is for members during current restrictions imposed by COVID-19. The beginners class for all things computers, tablets and smart phones has been running from the stadium out of the fantastic Learning Zone facility for a number of years. The class which is for anyone over 50 years old has seen many members over the years develop their skills in order to be able to access the online world. The weekly face to face classes were stopped prior to lockdown restrictions and since many members are classed as the vulnerable group it will be a while before normal classes at the Stadium can resume.
Many of the members when they first started were very beginners when it comes to computers, tablets and smart phones. The first sessions even incorporated turning on and off, logging in, using the mouse or touch pad and now members are fluent with emailing, sending attachments, using social media and accessing online services such as supermarket shopping, car tax and more! The members have been keeping in touch and letting us know about all the things they have surprised themselves with being able to do during the pandemic.
Amy Hardman, Head of Community Development, who leads the sessions accompanied by Foundation volunteer Sandra Turner said,
‘It has been fantastic to see all our members using their skills and knowledge that they have developed during the sessions we run to help them during the restrictions put in place by COVID-19. They have been using WhatsApp, social media and emails to keep in touch with friends and family, they have been doing online shopping, ordering prescriptions online, watching Youtube tutorials of how to update their tablets and working on heritage projects using Microsoft word and Google for research. It’s amazing what difference we have helped to make which I know has been a very a tough time for our members.’