A couple from Polegate, are the lucky winners of a new tablet.
David and Pat Nicholls won the draw at Wealden District Council’s latest Coffee, Cakes, Computers & A Whole Lot More event.
The pair believe team work is the best way to avoid missing out on the internet.
With so many of the best bargains to be found on the internet as well as access to growing number of public services, David and Pat have been encouraging each other improve their computer skills.
“Pat is good on the keyboard, having worked as a typist, but is worried when things get technical,” explained David, who is 83. “I am happy about checking the weather forecast and my bank account online, but I’m wary about buying things online and only just getting to grips with my smartphone.
“Wealden’s Coffee, Cakes, Computers & A Whole Lot More events are an informal way of seeking help and advice from people who don’t try to baffle you with technical jargon. There’s no question too simple and hearing about other people’s experiences is reassuring.
“Between us, Pat and I can just about manage, but if one of us were no longer around, it important the other can still cope. That is why we are both taking the opportunity to learn more about computing.”
David and Pat are taking advantage of Barclay’s Digital Eagles course taking place at the Royal Oak & Castle Pub in Pevensey. Digital Eagles is a free seven week course on using the internet and includes setting up an email account, digital security, social media, online shopping, Skype.
“For some of us, using the internet may not be the natural thing to do, but there are many opportunities around to help reticent computer users gain confidence,” said Councillor Graham Wells, one of Wealden’s digital ambassadors. “If you do feel you are missing out on the online world, why not come along to our next Coffee, Cakes, Computers & A Whole Lot More session which is taking place on Tuesday 1 November in Crowborough Community Centre between 10-12pm. And why not ask your friends and family member if they can show you how to do something using their computer or tablet device.”
“Or take advantage of the free computer access available in the public foyer of Wealden’s Vicarage Lane offices at Hailsham, or at your local library to explore the internet. The more you try, the more familiar it all becomes.”
At every Wealden Coffee, Cakes, Computers & A Whole Lot More event there is a free draw for a tablet computer. David and Pat Nicholls were the draw winners at September’s Alfriston event.