Computers in Homes: Success Story
Carolyn Laing and her children were involved in the February Christchurch earthquakes, where they lost most of their possessions. Carolyn and her children became very reclusive so she decided to move her family south to Dunedin to try and start anew. The Computers in Homes programme has helped Carolyn and her family.
"I found it hard after the February Earthquakes in early 2011 and relocated to Dunedin with my two children knowing nobody and having no employment. I discovered the Computers in Homes course was running at the children's local school I had enrolled them into. I was able to upgrade and learn some new skills on the computer that I hadn't had time to do before. I had tended to put it behind me as it seemed too difficult and I was afraid of computers to be honest.
After completing the course I have recognised that there are many jobs I can now direct myself into with the skills that I do now have. I feel socially happier now that I can give my email address to people to forward e-mails now. I look forward to learning more about the computer now and how it can redirect me into better employment. I must thank Computers in Homes for all the time and support they have given me."
Carolyn has now found herself temporary employment while she upskills further through online Polytechnic courses in the hopes of improving her employment opportunities. She has also formed some real friendships with other people she met while training for Computers in Homes. Her children have settled into their new school. Carolyn says her family are now really settled and are enjoying themselves again.