Laptops at home for Merton carers

A group of Merton carers had their efforts recognised in a ceremony last Thursday after completing a free IT course. The 10 week course, run by the Open Learning Centre at Pollards Hill Library, aims to provide carers with the necessary IT skills that help make day to day life easier for themselves and the people they care for.

The course runs three times a year and teaches carers how to use Microsoft Word, email and how to make the most of the Internet. On completion, carers are given the opportunity to practise their new skills at home with free access to a library laptop and broadband connection at for the first six months.

While looking after someone, carers often spend a lot of time at home, so the course provides an excellent opportunity for them to learn new tools that will help make their lives easier on a day to day basis. The IT courses provide carers with the skills to order their shopping online, use email to keep in touch with friends and family or access carer’s information and support from websites.

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “We know that something as simple as having the appropriate IT skills and access to the internet can have a significant impact on making the day to day work load of a home carer more manageable. Making these courses available to carers and providing the tools to sustain their new skills is just one of the ways that this council is putting residents first.”

“We encourage more residents to check out the many courses the Open Learning Centre has to offer.”

The next course starts in September. For further information call 020 8764 3183.