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Digital Skills Academy 1000th Learner

Digital Skills Academy are delighted to have reached the amazing milestone of our 1000th learner.  Since starting in October 2012 we have helped over 1000 people gain the confidence and skills they need to be able to use a computer.

Gordon’s Story

Gordon Robertson was a carer for his mum for over 5 years and was then unemployed for over a year. Before he attended USE IT he had never touched a computer and he was too scared to touch them. In addition, having dyslexia made him even more nervous. Gordon said he has enjoyed the class and has continued to drop in for any extra support. He is more confident when using the computer and commented that now if he comes into the class and the tutor is busy with another client, he is able to go on the computer by himself to do what he needs to do. Before attending the class he would never have been able to do this. Having the learning materials printed out on different coloured paper and using the dyslexia gels helped Gordon a lot with his learning. Gordon was asked if he would be confident enough to go to the library to use the computers on his own and he said he would.  Gordon has currently been looking to see if he is able to purchase a PC or laptop so that he can do some more work in the house, but finds the cost an issue.

At the Digital Skills Academy we care passionately that everyone, regardless of income, should be able to access the internet. We aim to level the playing field for people who are digitally excluded, whatever the reason.  Giving them the confidence they need to help them get access to the same savings on goods and services and the same access to information that everyone else benefits from is the most important part of our work.

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