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Thursday 20 June 2019

A successful first term for Gorey's Digital Learning Club

Gorey’s Digital Learning Club’s final session before their summer break pictured with their tutors Mayte McGuinness, Brigid O’Grady and Caroline Kidd (centre, back row) at Gorey Library
Gorey’s Digital Learning Club’s final session before their summer break pictured with their tutors Mayte McGuinness, Brigid O’Grady and Caroline Kidd (centre, back row) at Gorey Library

Cathy Lee

Gorey's Digital Learning Club, a free club to improve digital skills in the community, held its last session before the summer break and it was a celebration of a successful local project that has grown to over 70 members since it was set up in November, holding weekly meetings in Gorey Library as well as the Hatch Lab.

The social club aims to help people gain confidence with technology through using the internet, smart phones and other digital devices.

'Our members talk about feeling less isolated by socialising in this club, where everybody has similar challenges when it comes to technology,' said Mayte McGuinness, founder of the club.

'By mixing with others in the same position and having an opportunity to learn at their own pace, people feel less excluded by the rapid technological advances that are happening around them. The concept is working and it's very rewarding,' she added.

Mayte hopes that the achievements of the Gorey club can be replicated across the county and possibly even further.

'The digital divide and feelings of exclusion, isolation and fear that go with it are very real and felt by many, regardless of where they live, their background or education. We have the foundations for a project that can be replicated across County Wexford and the rest of the country,' she said.

Sessions of the Digital Learning Club will start again in September and the club is looking for more mentors who can volunteer their time for one or two hours a week to help people in their community to improve digital skills.

Those interested in joining the club are encouraged to bring their own digital devices, ask questions and learn and share digital knowledge in a friendly and non-judgemental atmosphere through the one to one sessions facilitated by Mayte.

For more information contact Mayte at 087 6254553 or email info@mediaskool.com.

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