Community Project (no. 1146165)
Tea & Tech
"Connecting people to technology, be that via a smart phone, a tablet or laptop."
The West of England Rural Network (WERN), Community Development Officer for older people in Woodspring, Tina Huckle-Mills, is spearheading part of North Somersets Digital Divide with ‘Tea & Tech’ sessions across a mix of thirteen rural and urban community venues. The project was initially part of WERN’s Asset Based Community Development approach, with Tina’s initiative funded by St Monica Trust and in partnership with Alive Activities. This has now expanded and is part of the county’s recently awarded Community Renewal Fund.
During the pandemic the digital divide was highlighted for many people as they became socially isolated, unable to connect with family and friends over the internet or do online shopping, the ordering of prescriptions and even virtual GP/Hospital appointments. The willingness of communities to take up the challenge of addressing these issues has been remarkable and the benefits great, but not only that, there is the opportunity to connect with others over tea and cake adding an all-important social aspect to these sessions too. As well as individuals benefiting from these sessions, volunteers have come forward, partnership working has flourished, and community assets are being used once again.
objective of the Tea & Tech sessions is to connect people to technology,
be that a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop, with basic verbal and written
instruction alongside the practical experience.
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We have vacancies in office and administration, volunteer driving, marketing & communications, supporting local communities, village hall assessor, fundraising and events, supporting older people and community transport.
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