Chichester Cathedral to Launch Digital Inclusion Project – HomeTech

29th Oct 2021
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HOMETECHChichester Cathedral is pleased to announce the launch of a series of free, inclusive digital workshops – HomeTech - aiming to help members of the Cathedral community make the most of new technology.

The pandemic has seen certain technology and online services become an essential part of life – from ordering food from supermarkets, through to face-timing loved ones in isolation.

The past eighteen months has tested us in many ways, not least, the way in which we have to do things which were previously much easier. This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the Cathedral community to learn new skills. What better place than in the safe and friendly confines of our Cathedral?

Canon Precentor, the Reverend Dr Jack Dunn

Carolyn Atkinson, HR & Volunteer Co-ordinator, brought together a small team of volunteers to help develop HomeTech. The team includes long-standing members of the Cathedral community including Stephen and Pamela Porter, Annabelle Hancock, Carolyn Codner, John Harding and new volunteer Ken Sim.

Ken, who is leading the initiative, comes from a marketing background and has spent the past four years volunteering with Citizens Advice. Ken said:

“Through my work with Citizens Advice I’ve helped many people who were frustrated when they tried to access essential services, many of which had completely moved online. The frenetic moves by organisations to get everyone online has left many struggling to access all kinds of services and support. That’s where we step in”.

HomeTech will launch at a special presentation event in Vicars’ Hall on Thursday 25th November, 11.00am – 12.30pm All are invited to attend to find out more, and can register their interest by contacting: 01243 812983  |

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About the Workshops

We undertook to survey to greater understand the digital needs of our community. This determined that many already possessed some kind of technology (be it a smart phone, smart TV or computer/tablet), but did not have the skills to use it with confidence. 

HomeTech Volunteers meeting on Zoom
HomeTech Volunteers meeting on Zoom (2021)

HomeTech sessions commence from January 2022. These free sessions aim to help you with:

  • Getting the most of your mobile phone;
  • Getting online safely;
  • Accessing essential services;
  • Messaging, email and video calls;
  • Safe online shopping, booking Cathedral and event tickets;
  • Online banking.

There will be time at each workshop to bring along any portable technology you have, and receive direct advice on how to best use it.  If you have not got any tech, we will have some available for you to try.

This project has been generously supported by the AllChurches Trust.

29th Oct 2021
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