Lost in (Digital) Space…

By Leanna Wall, our new tech navigator

In this day and age, it seems impossible to escape the fact that almost every aspect of life has some form of digital connection; connecting with friends and family via social media, banking, paying bills, shopping, you can even order a taxi at the click of a button. There is virtually nothing that you would normally do day-to-day that you can’t do online.

Great if you know how to use it… daunting if you don’t.

With companies spending so much time and money on developing digital technology, it is sad to think that its’ potential users may feel they are being left behind, with very little or no knowledge of how to use what is available to them, and no one to show them how.

Thankfully, the Carers’ Centre have recognised that there is a real need for support around all things digital. And that’s where I come in!

Hi! I’m Leanna. I would like to start by saying that I am thrilled to be working with the Carers’ Centre as Digital Coach. Digital Coach?! What on earth is that? I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you!

If you currently use a phone, computer, tablet or other device which can access the internet but sometimes struggle with how it works or get lost within the depths of the technical stuff, or if you would like to use the internet through a device but have no idea where to start, I am here to help.

I will be the first to admit that I am absolutely not a tech wizard, I know how to use just about enough of the internet to get me through the day and make my life easier and that is quite enough, thank you very much! My role will not be about trying to get you to do absolutely everything online, I am here to find ways in which the digital world can work for you and make your life easier, and as I am no expert, it would great if we could learn together! I can go through the most basic functions of your device or internet and find what works best for you and then gradually start to explore what else could benefit you, or the person you care for, if this is something you would like to do.

If you are interested in finding out how the internet can help make your life easier and how I can help you get started, please get in touch either by calling our freephone number 0800 0388 885 or send an email to info@banescarerscentre.org.uk and be sure to look out for all upcoming information, and exciting projects in Caretime.

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