Great Places Housing Group has given 50 of its residents and their families a helping hand getting online by gifting them a laptop, internet access and specialist IT training.
With four million adults in the UK never having ventured online, Great Places got on board with the government’s ‘Race Online 2012 scheme’ and pledged to spend a massive £8,000 refurbishing top spec laptops loaded with Windows 7, Microsoft Office and an additional dongle to allow access to the internet.
It’s clear from the overwhelming response we had with applications for this scheme that there is a great desire from our residents to get online.
Stephen Porter, Great Places Housing Group Chief Executive
Residents were invited to apply by entering a prize draw, where the lucky winners were picked at random.
They were then invited to our regional offices to receive their prize where our business systems team was on hand to talk them through basics such as accessing the internet or writing a document.
Great Places Housing Group chief executive Stephen Porter said: “It’s clear from the overwhelming response we had with applications for this scheme that there is a great desire from our residents to get online.
“I am extremely pleased that we could go that extra mile and help our residents fulfill this need that most of us take for granted, as it will benefit their lives.
“It will go a long way to helping them develop their IT skills, be able to search and apply for a new job, or even find cheaper energy tariffs.”