Four Emmaus Leeds community members have received their own computers to help boost their digital skills as part of Get Online Week.
Get Online Week, 14-20 October, encourages individuals, groups and communities across the UK to come together to make sure that everyone can take part in the digital world. The laptops provided to community members of Emmaus Leeds will help to develop their digital skills and confidence.
Dave Kirk, a recipient of a laptop and resident at Emmaus Leeds, said: “Having my own computer is building my confidence with technology and helping to reconnect with family and friends. I wouldn’t be without it now as it really helps me to keep in touch with my brother in Melbourne.”
Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and work in its social enterprise. The charity has its main community building and social enterprise on St Mary’s Street, a stall at Kirkgate Market and a charity shop in Halton.
Funding for the laptops came from the Emmaus UK Companion Training Fund. Grants are given for anything which will help members of Emmaus communities to progress their personal development. This includes formal courses and qualifications, training, sporting activities and hobbies.
Mike Hainsworth, Support Worker at Emmaus Leeds, said: “Digital skills are such an important part of everyday life with many essential services only accessible via online sources.
“Here at Emmaus Leeds we’re keen to do all that we can to empower the people we support to gain these vital skills and get more out of life online. We hope these laptops will allow our community members to make use of online resources and become more confident within the digital environment.”
To find out more about the work of Emmaus Leeds head to www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds. For more information, to donate an item or get involved as a volunteer call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.