Insights Seetec brings a host of new digital skills to St Christopher’s Services
01 August 2019

Seetec brings a host of new digital skills to St Christopher’s Services

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A group of service users from St Christopher’s Services in Longford can now all boast improved online and computer skills thanks to Seetec’s digital skills course.

Adrian Hand and Niamh Rushe (both from Longford Town), Zoe McCreanor (Ballinalee), Bernard O’Leary (Kenagh) and Amanda Butler (Street, Co Westmeath) are the latest group to improve their knowledge of digital technology during the four-day course at Seetec’s offices in Longford Town.

St Christopher’s Services is a community-based service providing a variety of innovative programmes to people with intellectual difficulties. Staff, together with families, focus on identifying individual needs to enable service users to reach their full potential.

So far, 45 people have benefited from Seetec’s digital skills programme which is available for people with no or limited computer skills, teaching them how to access the internet safely and undertake everyday tasks such as online banking and shopping.

Pauline Davis, Services Officer at St Christopher’s Services, said: “It was great that service users could attend the course daily as part of their programmes. It provided skills and teaching in the use of mobile phones, computers, use of internet, Instagram and downloading music, all skills that young people need in this digital age.”

Imelda Reynolds, Unit Head, Adult Training Unit at St Christopher’s Services, said: “All of the course tutors from Seetec were very accommodating. It gave participants more confidence and independence.”

Noeleen Nannery, Seetec Business Manager in Longford said “It is wonderful to see how participants have benefited from digital skills. Nowadays it is important to be tech-savvy and understand how various technologies work. The feedback we received regarding content and delivery was very positive and the level of enthusiasm from participants was fantastic.

“Digital Skills is a free programme open to people who have little knowledge of computers. As more day-to-day tasks go digital it’s vital for people to understand how to use computers and operate safely online.

“We here at Seetec are delighted to have the opportunity to help participants at St Christopher’s Services. We are always happy to help people and companies, whether it is to upskill or increase the level of digital skills in the workplace.”

Adrian Hand said the course was very helpful for him: “I learned about hackers, dangers [online] and the people who will find you on the internet, and how to take photographs. I liked it.”

Zoe McCreanor also said she enjoyed the course: “I loved it. It was very interesting. I’m happy with what I know.”

Overall, participants were delighted with how much they learned as part of the digital skills course.

In 2018, Seetec partnered with First Rung Services, part of the Roscommon Integrated Development Company (RIDC), to deliver the Digital Skills for Citizens contract which is funded by the Department of Communication, Climate Action, and Environment (DCCAE). Seetec has worked with St Christopher’s Services since February 2019.

The courses are delivered from a number of Seetec centres and are for 2.5 hours per day over four days starting at 10am or 2pm.

For more information on the next available course people can call 071 967 1462 or register your interest here.