A housing association in Reading has given ten tablet computers to its older residents.
A2Dominion have passed out the tablets as part of a scheme to help its tenants get online. The tenants all currently live in Chimney Court, a Reading sheltered housing scheme and have been given a brand new Samsung tablet.
The tablets have been pre-loaded with ‘Breezie’ which is an interface designed to help those who are less-familiar with technology navigate the tablet and search popular apps, websites and features of the device, reports 24dash.
Breezie enables older users to easily access health information, email and Facebook whilst also allowing them to monitor their own blood pressure and keep in touch with other family memebers.
Heather David, A2Dominion’s head of community involvement, said: “We are really excited to be part of this programme and to be able to choose 10 of our residents at Chimney Court to participate. The happiness and wellbeing of our residents, particularly the older generation, are vital to us and there are profound benefits to them being able to get online. This project will improve confidence among residents who are beginner internet and tablet users, and will be hugely rewarding to those with limited or no IT skills who feel like they are getting left behind.”
A2Dominion has been selected to run the project by the Tinder Foundation and NHS England. The Tinder Foundation are a digital technology social enterprise and NHS England have a ‘widening digital participation’ programme which aims to reach those who find themselves digitally excluded and suffer from health inequalities.
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