The Positive People project assists people who are out of work back into employment or self-employment with digital support and advice.

We also work to give digital skills training to people over 55, and in collaboration with our partners at North Devon Homes, work with their residents to close the digital divide for their residents in supported living schemes.

Mary had been referred to us as a resident from North Devon Homes as part of Positive People and North Devon Home’s partnership to continue this work.

Mary has Alzheimer’s, a condition she is very candid about. After discussing her needs, we agreed she would benefit from organising her calendars and she also expressed an interest in collecting her photographs into a digital scrapbook to keep and aid her memory.

Mary had a modern Android Motorola phone so once we worked on how to input dates on it, we then provided her with a new Samsung Galaxy tablet and keyboard.

Mary now downloads choral songs for her to practice her singing and a Botany app that helps identify flowers just by taking a photograph of it with her tablet.

We later synced this together with her phone calendar and added in OneNote to help her organise her days and appointments, doctors, holidays and so on.

Mary has now been purchasing online train tickets and can print from her phone and tablet to her printer. She is also adding to her digital scrapbook using Canva to keep her memories for her and for her family.

Thanks very much to Mary for agreeing to be featured in this case study.