At Apax, a key part of our support process is building lines of communication and we continue to consult with all residents about their needs and interests. One suggestion by a resident that arose as a common interest at Summer House was the possibility of installing a communal personal computer. Hearing this interest, we have set up a PC in the lounge as a common resource open to all residents. Residents have been offered an internet account and training on how to use the computer and access information and resources through the internet.
Taljinder Jagdev, our home manager, tells us:
Our residents tell us they are delighted with this development as they are now able to make full use of the internet. Some stay updated with news from around the world, others connect with friends and family through social media and many residents use the computer to bid on the council housing register for local accommodation.
Details of local libraries, public areas and volunteering opportunities are all accessed in like manner. Through this, our residents have developed typing skills, research experience and even creative talents, working in groups to design and play their own music.
At Apax, we work hard to ensure all our residents have everything they need to make full use of their time and to develop the skills required to live as independently as possible. Of course, skills such as IT also enable access to information and tools useful for further integration into the local community. We look forward to continue learning about our residents’ interests and developing further resources like this along the way.