Tower blocks residents to get free digital technology lessons

Published: Thursday, 16th March 2017

The City Council and its tower blocks repairs project contractor Fortem have launched Smart4Life Day, a free event to encourage local residents to familiarise themselves with digital technology.

From 21 to 29 March, a van equipped with state of the art digital technology will park at each of the tower blocks across the city where residents can come and get some guidance on a variety of skills.

Anyone at any level of competence can attend the event, from beginners who struggle to use a laptop to people who would just like a bit of guidance. In the Smart4Life van, residents will receive guidance on:

  • how to use the internet
  • how to use Microsoft Word
  • help in setting up email accounts
  • how to send an email
  • how to attach documents in an email
  • how to search for jobs
  • how to create a CV, and
  • how to use apps on phones

The Smart4Life van will be at Evenlode Tower from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 21 March before moving on to Windrush Tower the following day at the same time. Because of lack of parking space at Hockmore Tower in Cowley, residents are advised to attend the events at Windrush or Evenlode.

Foresters Tower will have its turn from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 28 March and Plowman Tower will follow the next day at the same time.

Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing, said: “The Smart4life Day is a great initiative by Fortem and an example of the social value contribution they’re making to our communities beyond the wonderful work they’re doing in repairing the tower blocks. If you would like to get some friendly assistance to improve your digital skills or learn the ropes from scratch, please visit the Smart4life van when it comes to a tower block near you.”

Mick Williamson, Managing Director at Fortem, said: “At Fortem, supporting local communities is at the heart of our business so we’re excited to have our Smart4Life vans in operation in Oxford. They’re a great way of promoting digital inclusion for people of all ages and have proved to be extremely helpful to residents at our branches across the country.”