As part of the Positive People project we have teamed up with Westward Housing Group to reach out to their tenants and offer digital and other much needed support on a regular basis, to run throughout 2019. With this being a new partnership with Westward Housing, roadshow events have been scheduled with a relaxed expo theme in three locations around Devon – Torquay, Plymouth, and Exeter. The first of which being the Torquay event on 31st January 2019 held at The Foyer on Teignmouth Road.
All three events focus on a ‘new year, a new you’ theme – to reflect the time of year and a lot of people’s goals of achieving new year resolutions to make a positive change to their lives. With some interactive digital devices, financial support, health & wellbeing advice, free food and drink, and more, the aim of the events is to bring Westward Housing Association tenants together. To introduce them to the project and the Digital Skills Advisor and Change Coach – Lee and Liz, and give them the opportunity to find out more, ask questions, and get a feel for what help they could receive as part of the project.
Those who attended on the day had great fun trying out our virtual air drums, mixing decks, and finding out more about assistive technology using our connected home model. This showcases some of the technology available to people that can enrich and improve their day to day lives. Digital radio and TV, security cameras and smart light bulbs and switches are just some of the gadgets available today that can make a real difference to people with disabilities. Healthy Living talked about some of the ways people can make small changes to improve their health and wellbeing, like cutting back on alcohol – who isn’t at this time of year? We even had a magician to bamboozle and amaze. The tea, coffee, pasties and fruit were well received and all sourced from a local bakery just around the corner.
A lot of effort, planning and time went into organising the event and a large number of people gave up their time to support on the day, and even though the weather had a big impact on attendance as freezing temperatures and heavy snow were forecast in the afternoon, we managed to get referrals onto the project and look forward to two similar events in Plymouth and Exeter over the coming weeks where we can meet with more Westward tenants.