Brenda’s story

 “Just jump in – you’ve got nothing to lose”.

 I am 62 years of age and have taken a long time to pluck up the courage to start the journey of being able to use computers. For a long time I made excuses; I’m too old, I can’t afford it, I’m not clever enough and people will think that I am stupid. I knew when my health deteriorated that I had to do something. I was living on my own, I began to feel isolated and unable to keep track of my various medical appointments.

 A friend told me about a computer group for beginners that meets in my local library. I knew I had to find the courage to go along, and so I did. Since joining I haven’t looked back. Such a lovey and helpful a group who enjoy a chat, a cup of tea and a biscuit, and who help each other to learn; I haven’t felt stupid once. I have made new friends and we ring each other when we need help. I knew early on that I wanted to buy my own computer so that I could carry on my learning, and practice what we had been taught in the group. The group told me I could get a good computer at low cost from Community Computers. The staff at Community Computers were so helpful and I ended buying both a laptop and a smart phone at such an affordable price; I struggle with my walking and so I purchased a lightweight laptop that is able to do everything I need.

 I can now write letters, send emails, check on all my medical appointments, use the internet, and occasionally do some online shopping! My health has improved, I have made new friends, feel more confident and connected, and now wonder why I didn’t start this journey years ago.

 So in answer to the question, ”what would you say to someone who was thinking of learning how to use a computer?” I would say, “Just jump in – you’ve got nothing to lose.”