Val’s Story

“I used to think my laptop was going to take off like the Tardis!”

Last year I realised there was something wrong my vision. I thought it was my new pair of glasses, but when I took them back my optician sent me straight to hospital.

It turned out I’d had a massive bleed in the back of my eye. I had a series of injections, but unfortunately now I’ve only got peripheral vision in my right eye and at the lower part of my left eye.

But I’m a very stubborn person and although it’s been a lot to take in I decided that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life.

So I decided I wanted to learn how to use a computer. When I was working I was a touch typist but I’ve always been afraid of computers. I was terrified that if i touched a key the thing was going to take off like the Tardis!

Tim’s team has shown me how to use the accessibility feature on my laptop such as inverting the colours, using magnification, and lots of other top tips. It’s still a struggle, but I’m so much more confident now.

I use my laptop to find out information about holidays (well I did before coronavirus!), and organising my photo albums so they show up on my tablet and laptop. I’ve also learnt how to email, and use Facebook to keep in touch with my family – although I don’t approve of some of the things people post on there!

Recently, we’ve been exploring local history and finding information out about old Worcester characters such as Chicken George and the Lady in White.

Don’t hesitate to come along to one of these sessions – it’s one of the best things I’ve done. They’re as much of a social event as learning IT because everyone is so friendly. I’d recommend them to anyone irrespective of your age.

Learn Your Way, every Friday, 10am to 12pm, Warndon Library, Carnforth Dr, Worcester WR4 9HG

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