Local people get online with Severnside’s help

13 – 19 October was National Get Online Week and Severnside Housing, based in Shrewsbury had an array of events to help people do just that!

A Pop up Advice Shop was opened temporarily in the Riverside Mall in Shrewsbury Town Centre and a regular influx of visitors called in wanting help and support on how to get online, complete online benefit and housing claims and tips on how to look for work and apply for jobs online.

Severnside’s Digital Den in Meole Brace, delivered through a social enterprise partnership with Social Telecoms, was open as usual with a fantastic programme of fun activities for the whole family to get online, including the weekly Job Club.

The Cyber Café in Castlefields offered its regular Job Club, helping people look for work online, and a Skype Quiz was held including residents at the Cyber café and from Severnside’s sheltered housing schemes in Greenacres and Moston Green, ensuring older people had the opportunity to involved and get online too.

Wendy Brookfield, Head of Community Development at Severnside said, “At Severnside we know it’s vitally important to help people of all ages get online, which is why we offered such a wide range of activities at different locations across Shrewsbury during National Get Online Week.

We were able to do this thanks to our partners, Social Telecoms, who delivered activities at the Digital Den in Meole Brace and Councillor Jon Tandy who helped us secure the shop unit for our temporary Pop Up Shop which proved a great success.” 

Charles Wainwright a Severnside resident, who visited the Pop Up Shop and is currently training to become a Severnside Digital Champion, said “I have been helping out at the Job Club at the Cyber Café in Castlefields for a number of months and really enjoy helping people with limited IT skills get online to look for work.  It’s great being able to give something back to the community.”

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