Heatlhwatch Torbay: Digital Training

(Last Updated On: June 1, 2018)

Lots of people are unaware of or unable to access health and social care resources on the internet, things like booking a doctor’s appointment, to ordering a prescription, or to self-referring – for example to physiotherapy – simply at the click of a button.Healthwatch Torbay wants to help those people who are – for whatever reason – ‘digitally excluded’ by providing them with a route to join the online world and access all local digital health and social care resources. To that end, as some of you may have heard, we’re delivering a free local programme of online training and support aimed primarily at older people and voluntary community groups.

Our ‘Digital Inclusion’ project is designed to train a large number of volunteers who will then have the skills to help others get online and use health and social care resources.Here, then, are some of the regular drop in session slots that are occurring in the coming months at Torbay libraries:

  • Paignton Library: 12.30 – 2.30pm on 6th June, 4th July, 1st August, 5th September (1st Wednesday of each month until September) Plus a special evening session on 11th July – 5 to 7pm
  • Brixham Library: 12:30 – 2.30pm on 11th June, 9th July, 13th August, 10th September (2nd Monday of each month until September)
  • Torquay Library: 12:30 – 2.30pm on 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 19th September (3rd Wednesday of each month until September)

We also have a ‘Digital Day’ planned at the Windmill Centre in Hele, Torquay, from 10am – 2pm on 26th June, where we will hopefully be joining other organisation showcasing to the public how to access online resources in a very informal, drop-in session format. There will be free food and refreshments on offer.

To find out more, call free on 08000 520 029, email info@healthwatchtorbay.org.uk, or visit www.healthwatchtorbay.org.uk You could even just pop into the Healthwatch offices in Paignton’s Library and Information centre, open from Monday to Friday.

Bob Jope

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!