Internet project launched

Susan Parkinson, who is the organiser of a new computer group for blind and disabled peole, named Learn and Communicate, at Norley Hall Community Centre, pictured with Annick Morris a computer user who has been blind since birth

Susan Parkinson, who is the organiser of a new computer group for blind and disabled peole, named Learn and Communicate, at Norley Hall Community Centre, pictured with Annick Morris a computer user who has been blind since birth

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A FORMER care worker is launching a new project to help pensioners and disabled people in Wigan use the internet.

Learn and Communicate is the brainchild of Susan Parkinson, 56, of Norley Hall, who felt there was a need to bring the cyberworld to elderly and disabled people, who often struggle to leave the house.

Volunteers from the scheme will go into the homes of people who are housebound and teach them how to use the internet for shopping, paying bills, online banking and social networking.

Susan, a mother-of-two and grandmother-of-two, said: “We want to set up a pilot scheme and see what response we get and how to get anyone living in isolation and is housebound interested in the internet.

“I used to work in care and I saw how distressing it can be. I was amazed at how many lonely and isolated people there are. The internet will give them more independence.

“Once the carer goes home, they are in isolation. But now they can use the internet, rather than get carers to do their shopping etc, which will help them become more independant. They can also contact their family via email and go on social networking websites.”

Once the project gets fully under way, Susan hopes to install computers with internet access in sheltered accommodation across the borough.

If you would like to become a volunteer for the project, or would like some internet help email Susan on qtee@live.co.uk or communityservices@live.co.uk