With over 30 years’ business and IT experience, Anthony, 57, from Etchingham decided to give something back to his community by deploying his IT skills.
Realising that his valuable handiness on a PC could help others, Anthony is running workshops for internet beginners’ in his village. “My inspiration comes from being able to give back to my local community,” he says, “and demand has been fantastic!” Sessions so far have already helped 20 people get online for the first time!
According to Anthony, “there are many folk who, due to rural location, age, lack of mobility or opportunity, or no-one to turn to, are missing out on the opportunities and challenges that the online world has to offer. And rural communities usually don’t have the same facilities that towns can benefit from”, he says.
So, flexing training around work for his company, WSI Digital Marketing, Anthony linked with a local community owned bistro (Bistro@theStation), which, with WI-FI and cosy rooms, is a great space for 1:1 and 1:2 beginners’ workshops; “and the bistro gets a couple of extra customers too”, he smiles.
Every session is flexible, so “if a beginner with grandchildren in Australia spends a lot of money on phone calls”, he says, “they’re introduced to the basics of a PC, Facebook and Skype, meaning they’re both saving money and better able to keep in touch.”
In May, a few of Anthony’s students were recently filmed by ITV Meridian in the Bistro@theStation garden. Watch the clip here.
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