Funded IT Training and Guaranteed Bookings

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As a community building if you are aware of 8-10 people (minimum 4/5) that would like to receive some basic IT Training for newcomers to computers, this will in turn give you a guaranteed booking for 6 weeks.

Further details are below:

Cornwall Rural Community Council and CAB Cornwall have launched a new joint Get F+IT (financially and IT) Fit project, which works with rurally isolated older people to improve their financial security, reduce fuel hardship and also helps them to get IT savvy. This innovative project is funded by Comic Relief, and is running for three years from July 2013.

The Get FIT project will help to reduce the financial hardship  and fuel poverty older people  often experience, by providing:

  •  Locally run  financial ‘surgeries’ on making money go further-including budgeting, maximising income, and dealing with creditors.
  •  IT surgeries to introduce information technology and the benefits and useful applications of ICT, including shopping online, skype-ing etc.
  •  Energy surgeries to explore and compare energy provider options, and community fuel buying schemes, and provide the IT support to help people swap energy providers, and access the ‘best deals’.

The Get FIT project will also have the added benefit of dedicated CAB outreach workers who will be able to visit people in their own homes and check they are receiving the benefits they are entitled to, and also, where necessary provide specialist debt advice.

If you know of an existing group of older people (e.g. a luncheon club, Bowls group, Garden Club, memory café, residents group) —we will be happy to come and talk and provide taster sessions on any of the above.

Referrals to the CABx Get FIT Outreach Workers can only be made through Jane Morgan (CRCC) on 01872 243532.  Potential receivers of this home advice service need to be over 60 (or over 55 with a long-term health condition).  Please phone Jane for further details.

 

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