Assistance can be provided in a number of different ways to suit my clients, 3 of which are shown below
Julia the PC GP has experience in helping complete beginners to computing, the elderly and those who need a slower pace of learning.
Much of this has come from her work with the following community organisations over the last 13 years:-
Clear Community Web – who since 2019 have helped older people, vulnerable adults and carers in South London with technology by providing workshops and drop-in sessions run by volunteers (one of whom was me for 2 of their 8-week Zoom courses in the spring of 2021!).
Spring Online (a scheme run by Digital Unite) to encourage volunteers like me in April 2013 to run digital taster sessions to encourage older ones to try out using a computer on the internet for the first time or to increase their confidence in doing so. I set up with a local community centre to use their computer room and showed my trainees the variety of music and video they can enjoy via YouTube.
IT Can Help (a scheme run by AbilityNet to allow disabled people to get in-home support with their computing). I volunteered under this scheme for over 5 years, in 2010 meeting a mother who needed assistance to meet the accessibility needs of her son as well as herself (severe sight impairment).
Mosaic Clubhouse – who since 1994 have been supporting people who are living with a mental health condition in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Below is a recent photo of me assisting a member with their computer following one of a number of training sessions I presented in 2021 and also drop-in sessions I volunteered at:-
Community TechAid – who since 2020 have been working with the public and volunteers like me to enable the re-use of unwanted digital devices such as laptops and tablets by those in urgent need of them (via a scheme where organisations refer those in need).
Outings for Older South Londoners (OOSL) A community travel group set up in 2012 to offer older ones in some London areas transported local day outings to places of interest such as galleries and museums.