A year ago in the face of lockdown we took a gamble which paid off.

We moved a small class of older people, unsure about how to use their computers, into the online Zoom world, providing a weekly opportunity to socialise, learn more about their laptops, tablets & mobile phones; building confidence as we went along.

We’ve demonstrated Test & Trace, using maps, sharing via WhatsApp and how to use iPlayer.

We’ve learnt about each other and the subject we cover all come from the learners themselves

Underlying all of this is learning to be safer online and helping each other.

So today is our birthday, so where are we?

We’ve conducted 42 classes, with 51 different learners popping in: a total of 442 attendances.

We are chaperoned around the internet by our tireless and very friendly Sue Gauge and we now have two volunteers from the class who help researching subjects and crowd control within the class – Thank you David and Eulalee.

We’ve had a learner as far afield as Beverly in Yorkshire and an enquiry from New York. Not bad for a “local” organization.

This class could never have been possible without the support of the Upper Norwood Library, but also, Crystal Palace Community Trust, Age UK Croydon, Croydon BME Forum, LinkAge Southwark & Age UK Lambeth.

More importantly this could never have been possible without our regulars who turn up, unmute, raise hands and join in. THANK YOU

So what next?

Well, that would be telling…

Today though is about eating cakes and awards- so ask me tomorrow


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