Peggy staying active with her new digital skills
29 Jun 2020
Peggy, 95, from Bishops Stortford is relishing learning new digital skills after receiving a tablet and free data from the DevicesDotNow initiative.
Before the outbreak of Covid-19 she enjoyed seeing family and friends, playing the piano and her attending regular personal training sessions. She tells us, “I have lived alone for a long time but I have missed talking to people locally. It’s not quite the same talking to them on the phone compared to meeting them in the flesh. I miss going out for lunch with my friends. Until recently I used to play piano accompaniment for ballet classes and help out at local schools.”
Peggy’s volunteer trainer, Harry, suggested that she could continue their sessions via video call, but she had never used the internet before. Peggy says, “I was given a mobile phone by my family but I did not learn how to use it. They would show me what to do, but other than making phone calls I could not work it without them.”
Harry put Peggy in touch with local Online Centre Computer Friendly who suggested she would benefit from the DevicesDotNow initiative.
Since receiving her DevicesDotNow tablet Peggy has started to learn how to use the internet on her own for the first time.“I have started to receive emails from my family and just started to look for things online using Google. I love number puzzles and have started playing some on the tablet - this is a terrible time waster! I have been shown how to use Skype for video calls, which I hope my trainer will be able to use for his lessons.”
“I am very grateful and pleased that I was put forward to receive this tablet, I have wanted to learn how to use technology for a long time. I’m looking forward to exploring all the things that are available online.”
DevicesDotNow is a joint initiative from FutureDotNow and the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport supported by Good Things Foundation. Find out more about the initiative, including how you can get involved here.