"I’m still learning, and the next challenge is online banking and shopping"
Titus Fasawe may be 78 – but he’s mastering the skills of the cyberworld, thanks to support from More Independent (Mi) Digital Hubs.
Mi is the Liverpool-based partnership led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group that’s empowering thousands of people to live a safe, healthy life and keep hold of their independence by making technology and services more available and more affordable.
The digital hubs are run in collaboration between Mi and the TUC, and are located at over 50 convenient locations across Liverpool including libraries, hospitals and community centres. They have helped hundreds of people stay connected – in more ways than one.
Titus accessed his IT training at Granby Toxteth Development Trust, near his home – and his freshly acquired skills have opened up a whole new world.
The retired vet said: “My son had bought me a computer, but I didn’t know how to use it. I decided to go along and see what it was like – I had no idea what to expect, but from the minute I walked through the door, I felt comfortable and welcome.
“The volunteers taught me all the basics, and I learned at my own pace – any questions I had, they went out of their way to explain. Now I am not an expert – but I can do things like my utilities online. It’s also allowed me to connect with friends and family from all over the world using email. I’m still learning, and the next challenge is online banking and shopping!”
Grandad Titus sadly lost his wife last year – and the hub has also given him new focus, and a way to make new friends. He says: “Everyone there is so warm. I look forward to going three mornings a week, and having a good chat and a laugh. It’s been a wonderful way to meet people in my community, and I’d encourage anyone to give it a go – it doesn’t matter how old you are, or what kind of education you have, they are there to help.
“It is always daunting going in to new places and learning new things – but the hub could not be friendlier or more supportive.”
Tara Jussa is a Project Officer at Granby Toxteth Development Trust. She says: “The digital age brings many benefits, and they should be accessible to all. Titus is a wonderful example of how you can learn to get online at any age and by coming to our hub, Titus has been able gain online skills, within a friendly and supportive environment. Through hubs like ours, the work towards reducing the digital divide will continue and this will allow many more people to gain digital skills, make new friends, become less isolated and more active in their communities.”