Tap into your Tablet

 

CcDkPs1WEAEwL7VThe popularity of the iPad and its counterparts have boomed in recent years. According to an Ofcom report in 2015, 54 per cent of households now own one.

From binge-watching TV series, trailing YouTube and staying in touch with family on Skype, it’s a great way to broaden your knowledge and communicate. However, it can still be a bit techy. If you’ve not quite managed to adapt quite as quickly as the grandchildren, don’t worry, help is at hand.

This summer The Pavilion at Bedford Park will be hosting a number of classes that will help you get to grips with tablets and its apps. Titled ‘My iPad and Me’, the course is run in conjunction with Invisinet, which specialises in wireless services.

Invisinet joined the governments Digital Inclusion Charter in 2015 and is passionate about supporting those that may feel excluded from digital world. Rob Lindsay of Invisinet said: “The strategy looks to reduce the amount of people in the UK who are currently excluded from online services. We decided to do our bit and help just a few of the millions of people in the UK who lack basic digital skills and capabilities, but we were determined to keep it friendly.

“Without access, skills, motivation and trust people will continue to be digitally excluded, with a real social and human impact; affecting job prospects, health, education and more. We hope our coffee mornings will continue to be a huge success and look forward to running more this summer.”

There are huge benefits for the public in becoming more digitally capable, and not just the lifestyle apps we can all enjoy. Getting online opens up a world of support services and information which are available instantly, at any time.

Mental health is now at the forefront of public health concerns and technology can support this when used in the right way. Whether it be keeping in touch with loved ones abroad by Skype or using a

Mindfulness app to calm anxiety. Rob added: “We recently got involved in Time to Talk Day and iStock_000070094707_Largerethink mental illness with Mind UK. Age UK reports that depression in the over 65s is expected to rise fastest in rural areas, but we believe it can be combated and relieved through online engagement and social interaction.”

Anyone interested in learning more about how to make the most of their iPad is encouraged to come along armed with questions and ready to meet new people in a relaxed and interactive environment.

Director of The Pavilion, Emma Garrett said: “Unlike many formal courses and ICT learning schemes the ‘coffee morning’ concept allows people to learn at their own pace through peer led support in a totally relaxed setting. Rob is an incredibly sympathetic tutor and will immediately put people at their ease. We’re delighted to have teamed up with a local business to support existing customers and look forward to welcoming new ones too.”

If you fancy making the most of your iPad alongside a pot of tea and slice of cake, book your place at The Pavilion or drop by at any point in the two-hour slot.

‘My iPad and Me’ takes place Wednesday mornings from 9am – 11am.

Tel: 01234 351104

Summer classes

June – 8th, 22nd, 29th

July – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

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