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Lloyds Closing Leaves Hebden Bridge Without a Bank

Finally we have Lloyds Bank, Hebden Bridge closing soon leaving no bank in the town. ‘The way that customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices‘.

This obviously assumes that people have the knowledge, equipment and experience to move to online banking.

As part of the national Online Centres Network, for over 3½  years Stoodley Training Mentors has been aiming to help those caught in the ever burgeoning move towards the move to online services. Many of those previously doubtful of the benefits of ‘going online’ are now familiar with digital technology but many others are nervous of taking that first step – or do not have the equipment to do so. We have been supported previously by the Staying Well scheme, Todmorden Council and Hebden Royd Council to offer a lifeline to those floundering with the onslaught of digital technology and subsequently with our assistance have moved on to understanding how certain services can reduce their loneliness and isolation.

What makes us different from other computer services is our patience, consideration and the time we take to help those who have never even switched on a digital device or other computer to allow them to ‘Open their World’ by sending photographs old and new to family and friends, chatting online for free, researching family history and more.

We have a number of mentors with different skills but our emphasis is on a patient understanding that people are now having to use technologies that have been developed very recently (remember, the Internet is only just over 20 years old, the iPhone just over 10 and tablets just over 5!)

We do not deny that new technology has it’s benefits but we are here to help and answer the questions of those who are just about to ‘dip a toe’ into the next advance after automatic washing machines and video recorders.

If you would like a chat about how we can help, please call 01422 649563. If you have already taken the first step but want to gain confidence in other things that you can do on the Internet, email us on stoodleytm@gmail.com

Another bank closes – we can help with new technology

And so we see another bank branch closing in Barclays, Hebden Bridge. ‘The way that customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices‘.

This obviously assumes that people have the knowledge, equipment and experience to move to online banking.

As part of the national Online Centres Network, for over 3 years Stoodley Training Mentors has been aiming to help those caught in the ever burgeoning move towards the move to online services. Many of those previously doubtful of the benefits of ‘going online’ are now familiar with digital technology but many others are nervous of taking that first step – or do not have the equipment to do so. We have been supported previously by the Staying Well scheme, Todmorden Council and Hebden Royd Council to offer a lifeline to those floundering with the onslaught of digital technology and subsequently with our assistance have moved on to understanding how certain services can reduce their loneliness and isolation.

What makes us different from other computer services is our patience, consideration and the time we take to help those who have never even switched on a digital device or other computer to allow them to ‘Open their World’ by sending photographs old and new to family and friends, chatting online for free, researching family history and more.

We have a number of mentors with different skills but our emphasis is on a patient understanding that people are now having to use technologies that have been developed very recently (remember, the Internet is only just over 20 years old, the iPhone just over 10 and tablets just over 5!)

We do not deny that new technology has it’s benefits but we are here to help and answer the questions of those who are just about to ‘dip a toe’ into the next advance after automatic washing machines and video recorders.

If you would like a chat about how we can help, please call 07716 265668. If you have already taken the first step but want to gain confidence in other things that you can do on the Internet, email us on stoodleytm@gmail.com

Revised Christmas Opening Times

Update on Computer Support Sessions over the Christmas and New Year period.

As you know, our mentors kindly give up their time from other employment and activities to help us to break the digital divide by helping people overcome the fear of going online. As such, we have found that other responsibilities need to be addressed by our mentors in the run up to Christmas.

Therefore, we are now closed for Christmas at all our venues and will re-open in the New Year as follows;

We will restart Monday sessions at Hebden Royd Methodist Church on Monday 8 January 2018.

Unfortunately due to lack of funding, we cannot restart the sessions at Hebden Bridge Town Hall in the New Year.

We will restart the sessions at Todmorden Library on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

For those unaware of our work, we aim to help those disenfranchised by the move to digital technology with banks closing, local/national government requiring use of online services etc. We have been supporting those with no or limited digital knowledge for 3 years and have been a not-for-profit Community Interest Company since September 2016. Any support is welcome but mainly we hope to reach those socially isolated people who could benefit by the opportunities to “Open Your World”.

Remember you can help us subsidise those who cannot afford computer/device support by donating through Neighbourly crowdfunding site at

http://ra-w.uk/STM-CF

Stoodley Computer Sessions over Christmas and New Year

Update on Computer Support Sessions over the Christmas and New Year period. Our last Monday session at Hebden Royd Methodist Church this year will be Monday 18 December and we will restart on Monday 8 January 2018. The last session at Hebden Bridge town hall will be Tuesday 19 December. Unfortunately due to lack of funding, we cannot restart these sessions in the New Year. The last session at Todmorden library this year will be Wednesday 20 December and will restart on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

For those unaware of our work, we aim to help those disenfranchised by the move to digital technology with banks closing, local/national government requiring use of online services etc. We have been supporting those with no or limited digital knowledge for 3 years and have been a not-for-profit Community Interest Company since September 2016. Any support is welcome but mainly we hope to reach those socially isolated people who could benefit by the opportunities to “Open Your World”.

Remember you can help us subsidise those who cannot afford computer/device support by donating through Neighbourly crowdfunding site at

http://ra-w.uk/STM-CF

Find your Favourite Tunes – Try1Thing in Get Online Week

Learning to use the internet might be necessary to sort things out these days – but don’t forget, it can also be fun!

What old tunes would you want to find in Get Online Week? Perhaps

Thanks to the support of Todmorden Town Council, Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Libraries and the Good Things Foundation Stoodley Training Mentors will be holding free events in the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge at:

  • Hebden Royd Methodist Church Monday 2 October 1:30pm-3pm

  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall Tuesday 3 October 11am-1pm

  • Todmorden Library Wednesday 4 October 10:30am-12:30pm

and there’ll be lots of friendly support for anyone who wants to start doing a bit more online – and it’s absolutely free. For more information call 01422 847827.

We really want to reach more people and ‘Open Their World’ but we need support to do that. If you want to help visit our Neighbourly site at http://ra-w.uk/STM-CF