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Crich Communication Project - Crich Area Digital Friends

by Linda Philo

zoom meeting picture of Crich Area Digital Friends

The COVID-19 Mutual Aid Helpline has proved to be a great success during this difficult period. It has highlighted how useful modern technology is and the importance of maintaining communication between people. All sorts of WhatsApp groups have sprung up, together with Zoom and Skype, emails and texting. If you have no idea what the last sentence is talking about you are not alone.

A splinter group, Crich Area Digital Friends, to the COVID Helpline is being set up to help local people use the internet to communicate. It will concentrate initially on helping people with a smart phone, tablet or computer, to use very simple apps to communicate with friends and family. 

I don’t twitter, tweet or blog and I don’t want to, but to be able to see and talk to our grandson while he’s running round excitedly showing me his toys, even though he is a thousand miles away, makes the internet worthwhile. We used to talk about videophones, well now they exist and are free and as easy to use as a telephone.

In the future the group hopes to be able to give advice on equipment and costs, be able to lend equipment to people to try and to help people master very simple communication apps. It is all at a very early stage but there is lots of interest already.

As a first step we are looking for people with some online capabilities, who would benefit with help to stay in touch with friends, or make new friends during this difficult time. To register your interest in getting help call the Crich Mutual Aid Helpline on 01773 447533 or contact our Facebook page Crich Area Digital Friends

We are also appealing for anybody with an old smartphone or tablet lurking in a bottom drawer, to donate them to this project. We will ensure the memories have been wiped clean and refurbish them so they can be used for instructional purposes or lent to people as a trial. Crich Post Office is the collection point.

We are applying for funding from various places and would like to thank Counsellor David Taylor and Counsellor Trevor Ainsworth of Derbyshire County Council for their contributions towards the project.

David said “I am delighted to be able to help fund this important project and I am sure it will be successful in providing the residents of Crich area the support they need in these difficult times”

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