Social isolation is becoming a bigger problem throughout the country as people live longer and outlive their friends and relatives. The Community Centre @ Christ Church are recognising this as an important issue, particularly in the Old Town area and have set up several events in September to combat this increasing problem.
Wednesday 7 September marks the start of beginner’s computer courses at the centre. The first course will run weekly from 10-11am until Wednesday 19 October with another course planned to start on 2 November. The initial content will be to learn how to set up an email, how to buy and chat online and how to find your way around the internet. As well as teaching the basics of computer use the centre hope that the course will help people to make new friends.
There is a maximum of 10 people per course so booking is required. A computer isn’t required as these will be available on site.
The Community Centre are working closely with Lloyds bank who will be sending along business professionals to lead these sessions on a voluntary basis and will receive further support from New College IT students who as part of their course will also be assisting with the delivery of these sessions.
Chris Smith, Community Centre Manager said “By working alongside business professionals, the young adults will be able to learn how to lead sessions and gain experience of a professional working environment to include on their CV’s and not to forget the great feeling they will get of being able to give back something to the community”.
Each Tuesday from 2-4pm starting on Tuesday 13 September the centre will also have an informal social event where you can chat with a hot drink and cake. The first session will be an opportunity to meet up with others and make friends. After this the centre will offer a range of different activities each week.
Anyone regardless of age is welcome to attend these sessions free of charge although donations are welcomed.
Swindon based Excalibur Communications have agreed to donate £250 towards the sessions but need future funding to help make the sessions sustainable. Please get in contact if you think you can help with support or sponsorship
As part of the ongoing programme, the Community Centre @ Christ Church will also be running an Alone at Christmas event on Christmas Day, inviting people from these sessions along to enjoy a Christmas meal together instead of being on their own at this important time of year. Christmas is for family and friendship so the team hope that they can provide the latter for anyone who is lonely.
For more information, to book a place on the computer course, offer support, or to volunteer to help please contact Chris Smith (Community Centre @ Christ Church Development Manager) on: 01793 617237 or email: email@example.com