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Residents at Saddle Court sheltered housing scheme in Wigan have been learning about digital technologies
Residents at Saddle Court sheltered housing scheme in Wigan have been learning about digital technologies
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RESIDENTS of a Wigan sheltered housing scheme have been getting to grips with the latest technologies and their efforts will form part of an exhibition.

The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) visited pensioners living in Saddle Court, Newtown, and co-ordinated activities and practical advice sessions, to discuss technological innovations within their lifetimes.

The sessions introduced resident to iPads, Skype and aspects of social media and online research tools, while drawing inspiration from people’s memories and experiences of the early days of electronic communications technology.

Their work will go on display as part of the Can You Hear Me? I Can See You! display, commissioned by Fact and supported by Baring Foundations, to promote digital and online activity among those who would not normally have access to new technologies. It is launched at Fact HQ in Wood Street, Liverpool, on May 17.

Project co-ordinator Laura Yates said: “Can You Hear Me? I Can See You! is a real meeting of old and new ways of communication and making art, and it is fantastic to be able to showcase the project at Fact, for everyone to see.”