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Sevenoaks District Council 'Helping Hands' Project
Compaid works with many district councils and housing associations to bring our life changing services to even more disabled, elderly or otherwise vulnerable people across Kent. We are dedicated to assisting the development of adults who are living with social, economic, mental or physical challenges, and who struggle with or lack access to suitable IT equipment to get online and obtain some independence.
We are currently working with Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) to identify and support vulnerable residents in the SDC areas, including homeless individuals, through the ‘Helping Hands’ Project. This program assists those who may be in need of our free one to one digital training support, whether on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Both organisations and individuals within the Sevenoaks borough can refer individuals to Compaid for assessment.
Partnering with SDC creates opportunities for vulnerable people in our local community to research paid or voluntary job prospects, have a better understanding about their housing benefits or simply use the devises they may have more effectively. For many, receiving this training has been a turning point to gaining confidence and improving their independence due to life issues that may have affected them.
To begin the training, an assessment is provided to identify needs and objectives and allay any concerns the client may have. The client is then supported over 8 weeks on a one to one basis with one of our experienced trainers, and together, they formulate an action plan that clarifies their desired key objectives. These may include basic computer/tablet/smartphone skills, creating a CV, accessing benefits and support groups, further education, understanding online banking and internet safety.
‘When I started the course I had no knowledge of using computers. Now I can search online for what I am interested in and use it for art and relaxation.’ – Mrs B
“I’m enjoying it. It’s very good. I’m finally sorting out the tablet. It makes such a change for me because I’m live on my own.” – Mr R
Would you or someone you know benefit from this Helping Hands Project? For further details, please contact Val Sprott, Compaid’s Training Services Manager by email at email@example.com or by phone at 01892 351053