3Ts IT Project
WEST Wight residents will be empowered to get online thanks to a new IT project.
From the first week in January, the 3Ts IT Project will help those with little or no experience of using computers, who want to try their hand at using a tablet computer.
The seven-week training programme is run remotely, enabling people to learn from the comfort of their own home, at their own pace and with Covid safety in mind.
Participants will be able to test drive a tablet, loaned to them for the programme, and learn the basics.
They will receive three hours a week of one-to-one support and training from an IT volunteer.
Topics to choose from include searching the internet, making video calls, sending and receiving emails, and creating a document.
Colin Potter, project lead, said:
“Over the lockdown period, it became clear that local people who lived on their own were isolated and some didn’t have any access to a computer or a smartphone.
For those who did have access, some needed help to video call loved ones or to get onto church Zoom services and the like. That’s how this project came about. We want to help give isolated people the skills so they can stay in touch with relatives and friends online in these difficult times.
January is a great time to make a fresh start and learn something new. It’s a free service, so if they find it’s not for them, they haven’t lost anything from trying.”
3Ts IT Project is volunteer-led with the backing of Our Place and the West Wight Sports and Community Centre, with funding from Wight Aid and another donor.