Pat - ICT
"I am a 62-year-old Caribbean woman who has taken early retirement from work. I used a computer in my work as a social worker, but everything was pre-programmed. Since retiring I became a carer for my husband. I would like to re-enter the work market but felt I had to improve my dormant computer skills.
My interests are varied, but I would dearly love to run a business selling antiques at home. While in The Avenue Library I saw a poster telling me about various computer courses that were available.
I plucked up confidence and attended the beginners’ group. I felt that I had nothing to offer – I felt old and new technology left me all mixed up.
At the classes I was very impressed with the tutor, as she took her time, and each week I learned something different. I often could not remember things, but I never felt stupid; rather, I was empowered to try again, and my confidence began to build.
The introductory course was brilliant as it gave me the basic skills to use a computer, I have learned many new things and made new friends."