Karin Ahlers, resident of Killarney Court, another Clann scheme that has benefitted from the tablet programme, said: “Once the set-up was done it was very easy to use. I like the layout – the keys and fonts are big enough to read and understand. The videos are straightforward. I highly recommend using the Acorn tablet. I think all older people should have access to wifi.”

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD said: “Social housing is about so much more than bricks and mortar – it’s about providing a secure base so residents can live their lives and expand their horizons. It’s great to be here today to see how the residents of Broome Lodge are using these Acorn tablets to learn new skills, get online and take advantage of new opportunities. I’m sure that Clann residents all over the country will benefit greatly from increased internet access.”

Chief Executive of the Housing Finance Agency, Barry O’Leary, stated, “We have seen in recent years how important computer literacy skills are, particularly when it comes to accessing services or staying connected with friends and family. The HFA are proud to have provided funding for this initiative through our Social Investment Fund and we are delighted to join residents at Broome Lodge today for the launch. I want to pay credit to Clann and Clúid for their strong commitment, not just to providing homes, but to building supportive communities around their residents.”

We wish everyone involved in the trial all the best and hope these new tablets will offer our ‘silver surfers’ another option to find information, pay bills and access services.

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