Louise’s story

Computer opens up the world

“The best thing that’s ever happened to me” is how Louise describes a recently completed computer course that she found out about through her Local Area Coordinator (LAC).

Louise completed the course at a local community centre in December. She received a certificate to prove it and a second-hand refurbished computer that she can use at home.

“It wasn’t in my wildest dreams to do something like that. It’s really opened up my world,” Louise says.

The course covered a wide range of computer skills from basic computer programmes to the internet, how to email and working with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype. “We even learnt how to plug in the modem, the brain and how to connect everything together.”

The course ran for an hour, one day a week for 10 weeks. “I enjoyed it all. With a computer at home I can find out what the weather is going to be like here and I now have a paper trail to keep people honest if they’ve promised something.”

Louise’s plans for the future include enrolling for the next level of her computer course and, with the help of her LAC, finding a job.

“I can go a long way with these skills. I’d love a job in IT. Completing the course has created so many more opportunities and I have so much more confidence.”

If it wasn’t for her LAC, Louise says she wouldn’t have known about the course nor had the opportunity to purchase a low-cost computer for the home she shares with her 19-year-old daughter Miriam.

“My LAC has helped me and my daughter improve ourselves. We just needed the initial help to get started.”

Louise says Miriam was shocked and surprised that her mother was now up with the play with computers. And should the computer stop working, Louise also knows enough to get everything up and running again. “She’s very proud of me.”

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