Students Help with Get Online Week

Riverside’s newest retirement community in Liverpool welcomed local high school students this week (13 October) to celebrate all things digital and getting online.

The housing association opened Joseph Williams Mews, its newest Retirement Living complex in the heart of Belle Vale, last month with the help of Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson. The scheme hosted yesterday’s event to mark Get Online Week following Mr. Anderson’s digital taster session at the official launch event.

Students aged 14to 16 from Gateacre School came to Joseph Williams Mews on Braehurst Way to take part in a digital session at the scheme’s community café.

Running from 12-18 October, Get Online Week is a national initiative to show thousands of people up and down the country how the internet can make their lives a little easier. The theme of this year’s campaign is encouraging people to see how the internet can make almost anything a little easier - from staying healthy or finding work, to saving money and having fun.

Dot Kelly, Riverside Area Manager, said: “It’s a great opportunity for our retirement living customers to get online for the first time and to learn to do more with their digital skills.

“Riverside is committed to helping customers engage with the digital age. Many of our newest customers are already online and many more have shown an interest in getting internet-savvy as more amenities are now available via the web and are accessible without leaving our front doors.”

Riverside’s digital inclusion activities are helping improve the prosperity and opportunities available to customers by promoting digital literacy and skills and affordable access to the internet, supporting access to online learning, promoting access to online services like money advice and home shopping, and tackling isolation of older people within our communities.

Catherine Newall, IT Teacher at Gateacre School said : “The children really enjoyed working with the older generation to enable them to access online services, this was a learning experience for both our students and the over 55’s.”

Lisa Mitchell, Community Co-ordinator at Gateacre School, said: “It’s always great to work with our local community, and having run a Silver Surfers group ourselves for the last 2 years, it was great to meet our new neighbours at Joseph Williams Mews. It was great to see both generations working together, and seeing how happy both sides were when learning something new.”

The initiative is being supported by Bauer Media Radio City and its training academy with the aim of engaging all generations within the community to get involved with the digital sessions at Riverside’s Joseph Williams Mews.