Simon Cook has been teaching basic computer skills at care homes in Walthamstow

Simon Cook

Simon Cook

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A tech-savvy volunteer has earned special recognition for teaching computer skills to the elderly.

An award ceremony on Friday, hosted by Voluntary Action Waltham Forest, celebrated Simon Cook's work at two care homes in Walthamstow.

The 38-year-old runs weekly sessions for residents at Centra’s sheltered homes at Kestrel Court in Woolston Close and Lindenlea Court in Palmerston Road.

Mr Cook teaches basic skills, including shopping online.

Allyson Kay, managing director of Centra Care and Support, said: "Simon is fully deserving of this fantastic recognition from Voluntary Action Waltham Forest.

"We’ve seen firsthand the benefits Simon’s classes have brought our residents and we’re delighted that his commitment and dedication has been rewarded in this way."

The IT classes were formed after people started asking about the internet.

Mr Cook said: "It’s the people that drive me. You bring something new to people’s lives and the individual contact really appeals to me.

"I’d urge anyone interested in volunteering their time and skills to get in touch with Centra to find out how they could help."

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