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bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, is continuing its digital inclusion drive with the introduction of a brand new ‘digital champion’ to help older tenants get online and improve their computer confidence.

Tech-savvy resident, Geoff Unitt, is on hand to help residents at bdht’s sheltered housing developments, Gilbert Court and Edwin Court in Charford, with a range of digital skills. From learning how to switch a computer on, to getting to grips with social media, Geoff has helped tenants access the digital world at the new internet café at Gilbert Court.

Graeme Anderson, director of housing and communities at bdht, said: “The digital champion scheme has been mutually beneficial for both Geoff and the other residents. Whilst our residents have had access to essential help with their computer skills, it’s also given Geoff the opportunity to share his own knowledge and enthusiasm and develop his teaching skills. It’s always great to see someone thriving at something they enjoy.”

Resident at Gilbert Court, Elizabeth Brown, has particularly taken to surfing the web and has been awarded with a special certificate recognising her enthusiasm for learning and writing her own poetry on the computer.

Geoff commented, “It’s very rewarding being a digital champion. I find that most people are quite confused by technology initially, so when I can help them to understand it a bit more it’s always a nice feeling. Plus, it’s wonderful to be able to give them the tools so that they can connect with their loved ones online.”

“The new internet café is a great asset and has been a brilliant opportunity for people to learn a new skill even at this later stage of their life.”

With many services moving online, the initiative has been fundamental to support bdht residents who want to access bus passes and Blue Badges, as well as keeping in touch with friends and relatives via email and social media.

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