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A rectangular image with the logo for Cherry Orchard Garden Service on the left hand side which incorporates a cartoon style bright red lawn mower with a bright green handle and a garden shovel, rake and hoe propped up behind it, whilst on the right hand side is a photo of two white, shaven headed men (one wearing jeans and navy blue and dark green fleece jacket and the other wearing business suit trousers and a blue and white striped shirt) smiling and facing the camera as the three laptops are handed over.

Supporting Community Champions

It was really inspiring to meet Carl from Cherry Orchard Garden Services CIC (Community Interest Company) earlier this week, when we handed over three of our refurbished laptops for them to expand the delivery of their digital skills courses to the elderly and vulnerable in the local community.

Starting out as a training organisation to help local people with learning disabilities and autism take a more active and positive role in their community through work based learning, their students progress to provide award winning gardening services to local elderly residents, supporting them to live in their own homes without the worry of their gardens getting untidy and overgrown.

As time has gone on and the world becomes a more digitally managed place, the team realised that many of their clients and service users were potentially some of the most vulnerable to the increasing number and complexity of online scams, which appear on an almost daily basis.

As a result they have developed and expanded their services to provide two week digital skills courses, teaching vulnerable people how to use their phones, tablets or laptops more effectively, and how to stay safe online through identification of the most common scams and improving awareness of phishing attacks.

If you would like to find out more about Cherry Orchard Garden Services CIC you can visit their website at https://cherryorchardgardenservices.co.uk/, get in touch via enquiries@cogsgardening.co.uk or via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057642331403

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