iPad Training Course
From the numbers of Members attending my iPad Training Sessions this year it has been clear that the purchase of iPads by our members is increasing.
The following PDF document contains 14 pages of detailed instructions covering many aspects of setting up and using an iPad and is available be downloaded and printed for members to use.
I am sure that a member could work through on their own and gain the confidence over the use of an iPad.
You will all be aware of the danger in dealing with Doorstep Callers, i.e. uninvited doorstep and telephone sales people. We have therefore obtained permission to link with the Surrey County Council Trading Standards website. Just click on their website address www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards or telephone their Consumer Advice Line on 0345 4040506 if you think you may have a problem with a persistent caller. You can also e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns.
You can check their Approved Trader Scheme, which gives valuable guidelines on how to choose a trader, get quotations etc., by clicking on www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards/finding-a-trader/approved-traders#find or telephoning them on 0300 123 2329. The site also gives you access to information on member firms so that you can buy goods and services with confidence knowing they are monitored on an ongoing basis. Trading Standards is always glad of your views on member companies, both good and bad, and appreciate information on non-members who have done such a good job you may wish to recommend them for membership.
Although doorstep selling isn't yet illegal, buying from such traders puts your money at risk. Persuasive and pressure sales techniques by doorstep sellers and telephone callers often make it difficult and frightening for some people to say 'No thank you'. Don't hurry to part with your money - a good deal will always wait. So ....BE INFORMED - it costs you nothing and may save you money, time and a great deal of anxiety!
www.nhs.uk is a website which makes life easier. It can tell you how to find out about services the NHS has to offer and is quick and straightforward to use. If you need to find a dentist, GP practice, hospital, optician, pharmacy or walk-in centre near you or, if you are away from home and need emergency treatment, near to where you are staying, look no further. It provides free, basic information such as addresses, maps and contacts in a layout that is clear and easy to understand.
You can check on how long you may have to wait for hospital treatment and what star rating a hospital has under 'Performance'.
The website is officially one of the best of its kind, winning Best Public Sector Project at the 2003 Computing Awards for Excellence. So why not give it a try . . . . check it out for yourself www.nhs.uk.
The aim of this organisation is to offer people over the age of 50 the opportunity to be engaged in developing, planning and monitoring current and future services in the community. Topics include finance, transport, health care, employment opportunities, education and leisure as well as health and social care. There is already a membership nearing 1,000.
The Network is part of the Better Government for Older People programme and acknowledges the experience of people over 50 and the contribution they can make. Funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, it has a website: www.surrey50plus.org.uk which contains news items, discussion forums and will host questionnaires. Just click on the website and take a look.