“They are really interacting – and it is what should be happening – all enjoying the time that they are spending together. Residents have been involved in BBQ parties but nothing that was as effective as the Gen2Gen project.”Regional Manager
For housebound individuals, conventional communication media can prove limiting and lacking in rich conversational opportunities.
But now, researchers at the University of Nottingham have found that what communicating partners need to really stimulate such remote conversations is the chance to build on a regular and vivid shared experience. And they are hoping that their latest development project will provide just such an experience.
With support from Nominet Trust, the Shared Walk project aims to ultimately enable isolated individuals to engage with and explore alongside, albeit virtually, the travels and changing settings of a mobile, conversational partner.
One year in, Charles Crook explains where they are with the project.
The Shared Walk project has now implemented an active internet service that allows relatively isolated individuals to enjoy vivid communication with their carers, relatives, friends or other volunteer support individuals. more >
After being approached by the Learning to be Enterprising Co-ordinator of Lairg Learning Centre to deliver a series of four themed internet training sessions, it was agreed that we would deliver basic level sessions, focussed on first click style basic internet skills, setting up and using an email account, staying safe online and any additional internet skills that the new learners wanted to focus on.