James at Fusilier Court
James at Fusilier Court

Residents at a sheltered housing scheme have been showing off their online skills to their local MP.

People living at Muir Group Housing Association’s Fusilier Court scheme in Chislehurst Close, Bury, welcomed Bury North MP James Frith to one of their computer sessions after he wrote to congratulate them on a successful funding bid.

The residents secured more than £8,900 to enable them to get online, including laptops and the expertise of IT trainers We Are Digital Ltd, who have been teaching them new computer skills.


Mr Frith MP, who spent a morning with the silver surfers, told the residents how much he admired their passion to learn new skills.

Residents living in the blocks of flats are currently enjoying a number of training sessions designed to get them online.

The lessons are also designed to increase their confidence and understanding of computers, enabling them to have access to a wide range of opportunities offered by the internet.

Sian Kilcoyne, Muir’s Fusilier Court scheme manager said: “James Frith was good enough to write to residents congratulating them on their successful funding bid.

“We invited him here so he could see exactly how the funding was being used by residents.

“It has been lovely to have him here taking an interest in what residents at Fusilier Court are doing.”

Residents at Fusilier Court, which occupies the site of the former Wellington Barracks – once home to the Lancashire Fusiliers, are also preparing to celebrate the scheme’s 40th anniversary this month.

Originally published in the Bury Times.

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