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The Seniors Online Together, Physically Apart (SOTPA) Project is funded through the United Way Emergency Community Support fund. This project was developed to identify needs arising among seniors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As community and recreation centres across the country shut down and programs moved online, a major gap was identified for seniors who were not digitally connected.
FHC connected with the Labour Education Centre (LEC), a non-profit organization working to transform the lives of workers, potential workers and member of historically disadvantages groups by delivering training and education programs. LEC developed a curriculum to train community peer tutors in a tablet training program. Upon completion of this tutoring program, peer tutors will be paired with isolated and digitally disadvantaged seniors to bridge the digital gap that currently exists, and train them on how to use a tablet to connect with others.