Employees support Age UK Internet Workshops

Mondial Assistance UK has teamed up with the leading local charity Age UK Croydon and local social responsibility charity Croydon Commitment to launch a series of internet workshops for the elderly. Employees from Mondial have volunteered their time to help local residents get to grips with basic internet skills and brush up on their computer knowledge.

The sessions take place in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere where the volunteers work with each resident on their specific needs and areas of interest, in order to help them to make use of the internet in their day to day lives. Activities can range from simple Google searches to looking up train times, to sending emails to friends and family and even ordering shopping online.

“These internet workshops are a fantastic way for our employees to be able to make a difference in our community,” said Serge Corel, CEO of Mondial Assistance UK. “We are always keen to get involved with various local events and it is a great pleasure to be working alongside Age UK Croydon and Croydon Commitment in this innovative project. By giving just a few hours of their time, our employees are providing an invaluable service and making a real difference to the lives of our elderly neighbours.

Jill Ward at Age UK Croydon, and coordinator of the internet workshops with Mondial Assistance UK, said, “We could not run these events if it were not for the support and dedication of local businesses and schools. By broadening the participants’ knowledge of the internet, the volunteers are helping them to overcome issues such as isolation and loneliness, as well as opening up new ways of keeping in touch. They demonstrate that the internet can be used to enrich and support their day to day routines and in addition, they are a great social occasion for everyone involved. Everybody is really looking forward to more sessions over the coming months.”

Mondial Assistance UK regularly takes part in various events to engage with the local community and businesses. This includes sponsorship of the Croydon Charity Ball set to take place on the 15th May 2012.

Kirsty Wardlaw, Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal Communications Executive at Mondial Assistance UK, said “One of our main aims at Mondial is to give something back to our local community and we all really enjoy these type of activities where we get to meet lots of different people.  We want to say a big thank you to Age UK Croydon and Croydon Commitment for helping us to set up the workshops and also to Croydon College for donating one of their IT suites. We hope that the next workshops prove to be just as successful.”