A Kirkholt resident has been able to rekindle precious childhood memories thanks to the support RBH have provided to get him to get online.
Since gaining IT skills Tony Smith has been able to enjoy looking at family photos from Aden, in what is now Yemen, where his father was stationed with the British Army.
Tony had a large collection of old slides at his home but, with no projector, had been unable to view them for decades.
As well as Aden they included many pictures of Kirkholt in the 1950s and 60s and from Kenya where he and his family once went on holiday.
Tony read about digital training in one of our newsletters and decided to get in touch.
After buying a laptop and receiving tuition he is now able to view the photos - which he had transferred on to a CD - and share them with friends on Facebook.
Tony, 59, a former mill worker, suffers from ill health which makes it hard for him to get out and about.
Since picking up IT skills, though, he has been able to keep in touch with friends while Facebook has enabled him to make contact with an aunt living in Australia.
As a keen football fan he also enjoys following all the latest news online.
Having had no knowledge of computers less than a year ago Tony has made rapid progress and is now able to download software on to his laptop.
“It’s been great to see all the old photos again - they bring back lots of happy memories.
Getting online has really transformed my life. I’ve spent a long time stuck in my home but now I can communicate with people.
I would encourage others to get digital training because it really opens up so many opportunities to you.”
Miranda Clarke, RBH Digital Champions Co-ordinator, said:
“Tony is a great example of how gaining IT skills can really transform your life. He has been a quick learner and is now able to do lots of things without much help.”
Anyone who is interested in receiving support to get online should contact Community Partnership Worker Nasreen Akhtar on 01706 274195 or 07976 059401.