Technology brings families together

Oak Tree House digital clubJean Button was able to see her daughter for the first time in three years thanks to the new Digital Club at Oak Tree House in Reading. 

In partnership with Barclays Bank and Age UK Berkshire volunteers, Catalyst launched the club at the Reading sheltered housing which now runs fortnightly sessions so people can learn basic digital skills.

At the last session older people where able to find out about tablet technology, create an email address and use Skype. Jean then ‘skyped’ her daughter in America, who she had not seen for three years. Jean was so overwhelmed and excited that she’ll soon be buying her own tablet so she can Skype her daughter regularly.

And it isn’t just Oak Tree residents who were learning to get digital – older people from the community and Asantewa House (another sheltered housing scheme in Reading) also came along.

Future sessions will cover social media, using search engines, shopping online safely, taking pictures and downloading apps.

Digital Club sessions

The club gives older residents a place to learn about technology in an informal setting. You can get one-to-one support and take part in group activities. Free light refreshments are provided.

When: every other Thursday from 3pm to 5pm

Where: Oak Tree House, Reading

For more information: Contact Mani Vig on  020 8832 3546 or