David, a regular attendee at the weekly drop-in, gave me a big smile, as we started chatting. He’s been attending the weekly computer sessions at the Lincoln Green Community Centre for around six months.
He came along to the sessions for help to ‘get to know’ his new Apple Mac laptop. Having previously owned an older Apple computer, he thought it would be similar, but told me “they are as different as me and you!”
He warmly credits the tutors at the centre for their help and tuition. He now feels much more skilled and confident in using his laptop.
He mainly uses it for photography, to edit and save photographs, which is his life-long hobby. He began taking photos as a teenager with a Box Camera, which had only eight exposures on a film! He likens this older technology to a Mini whereas, he says, “digital photography is a Rolls Royce.” In the past he was employed as a wedding photographer. He also enjoyed taking pictures of stamps but says this activity belongs to a bygone era, people aren’t as interested in stamps anymore. Now his favourite subjects are landscapes, flowers and insects.
Another compelling reason for David to attend the sessions is the sense of community at the centre. He tells me that it’s a welcoming atmosphere where he’s made friendly acquaintances, is greeted with a cup of tea as soon as he arrives and buys a cheap lunchtime meal.
“Giving my old computer some TLC” by GTT Volunteer, Vicky.
“With the help of the GTT Lab, I took apart my old computer, retrieved valued photographs and restored it to health!
It had laid abandoned behind the sofa for years – an old desktop with an outdated edition of Windows, gathering dust.
I was helped to repair it myself, this included unscrewing the back, blowing out the dust and ensuring things were able to work. It was the first time I’d ever looked inside a computer and there was a lot of dust in mine! “
“Not only did I repair it, but I came away being able to identify the major parts inside and feeling like I’d learnt something. I truly believe that learning new things is so important for our wellbeing and confidence – at any age. I love the inclusive nature of GTT and their belief that anyone can learn with the right support.
My next mission is to update the operating system – with help of course.