Belle Vale school help over 55s get online

Joseph Williams Mews in Liverpool was the place to be to get online! Riverside residents were given special training from Gateacre High School children as they were put through their paces on how to use the internet via a laptop or a tablet. From the left; Catherine Newall Teacher IT at Gateacre School, Lorna Cotterill, Jean Hindley, Michael Dobie, Patrick Goodison, Stephen Moss, Betty Miller, Caroline Greer Radio City, Beth Anderson and Lisa Mitchell Community Coordinator Gateacre School. Images by Gareth Jones
RIVERSIDE’S newest retirement community in Liverpool welcomed local high school students last week to celebrate all things digital and getting online. The housing association opened Joseph Williams Mews, its newest Retirement Living complex in the heart of Belle Vale, last month with the help of Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson. The scheme hosted the session to mark Get Online Week following Mr. Anderson’s digital taster session at the official launch event. Students aged 14-to-16-years-old from Gateacre School went to Joseph Williams Mews on Braehurst Way to take part in a digital session at the scheme’s community café. Running from 12-18 October, Get Online Week is a national initiative to show thousands of people up and down the country how the internet can make their lives a little easier. The theme of this year’s campaign is encouraging people to see how the internet can make almost anything a little easier – from staying healthy or finding work, to saving money and having fun. Dot Kelly, Riverside Area Manager, said: “It’s a great opportunity for our retirement living customers to get online for the first time and to learn to do more with their digital skills. “Riverside is committed to helping customers engage with the digital age. Many of our newest customers are already online and many more have shown an interest in getting internet-savvy as more amenities are now available via the web and are accessible without leaving our front doors.” Riverside’s digital inclusion activities are helping improve the prosperity and opportunities available to customers by promoting digital literacy and skills and affordable access to the internet, supporting access to online learning, promoting access to online services like money advice and home shopping, and tackling isolation of older people within our communities. Lisa Mitchell, Community Coordinator at Gateacre School, said: “Having run our own ‘Silver Surfers’ group for the past two years, it was great to meet our new neighbours at Joseph Williams Mews. It was great to see both generations working together and learning something new.” IT Teacher, Catherine Newall, added: “The children really enjoyed working with the older generation helping them to access online services. It was a learning experience for both our students and those at Joseph Williams Mews.” The initiative is being supported by Bauer Media Radio City and its training academy with the aim of engaging all generations within the community to get involved with the digital sessions at Riverside’s Joseph Williams Mews.