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Celebrating silver surfers

With technology becoming a greater part of people’s lives, the Council is doing all it can to help older residents and people with learning disabilities stay up to date with the latest techy trends.

Thanks to a range of multimedia projects, people living in residential homes are now ‘skyping’ their relatives abroad, making films of their life histories and creating their own music playlists.

Residents with a visual impairment are also using large tablets to read newspapers more easily and specialist software to scan and read aloud their post.

This work, and the difference it has made to people’s lives, will be celebrated at a free event called ‘i can in Waltham Forest’ on Friday 21 February, from 10am to 4pm at Waltham Forest Assembly Hall.

Open to all residents, the event will give people the chance to find out more through films, presentations and interactive stalls.

Cllr Angie Bean, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “Modern technology can really transform people’s lives and we’re determined to make sure that our service users don’t get left behind.

“Whether we can use videos to reassure people with dementia that their relatives have visited them when they can’t remember, or we can help a 103 year old become an online sensation, we’re keen to explore how technology can benefit what we do day in, day out.”

To book your place contact Gill McDermott on 07905 985 370 or email

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