Hi! I'm Cathy. I set up Easy PC Tuition in 2013, when the smallest one in this picture was just a tiny baby!
I discovered I had a penchant for training in 2005 when I began working for Wrexham Social Services in their information department. I helped the social work teams get to grips with their client database and was praised for the way I did it without making them feel as though they should already know how.
Born in the early 80's, I am part of the generation that saw a lot of technology being developed, and indeed invented - I remember vividly the sounds of a modem connecting to dial-up internet, and having to type a website name EXACTLY right for Internet Explorer to be able to find it.
The way we use the internet these days is completely different. The generations before me didn't have to use computers, at least not in the same way. It's very gratifying to show someone, whatever age they may be, the way that technology is now designed to help them do everyday things in a simpler, more user-friendly way than we have ever seen.
Of course there are downsides to technology too. Buy a washing machine these days, and you need a degree in computer science to find the fast spin. And the user manual? Scan a QR code to download it! (Whatever that is.) All this tech was originally designed to both mimic, and be used in, an office. So the invention of "apps" has brought a whole new dimension into our homes and this is why Easy PC Tuition has worked so well.
I was made redundant in 2013, and with our third baby on the way, so I was reluctant to look for work that might take me halfway across the country for eight or more hours a day. I also knew there was a demand for tech support with a friendly face and a personal touch. So Easy PC was born, not long after the baby!
I have found that I enjoy community work just as much as business, if not more! I am now involved in several projects and good causes.
Autistic UK (CIC)
This company is a non-profit run by Autistic people, for Autistic people. I have been a Director since June 2020, and am excited to be able to use my skill set to help a cause - and a force - that has affected me greatly, especially in my younger years.
Currently we are arranging Focus Groups so that we can get people's opinion on how things are run in this country for the autistic community.
Later in the year we will be arranging training for professionals and public alike, to explain to people what it's like on the Autistic spectrum and how external factors (such as different environments, society etc) affect Autistic life.
Driving Theory North Wales
This is a new venture for me (Aug 2020).
I am enthusiastic about this, as it utilises my training skills in a broad way. Driving theory affects every road user, yet only those who drive vehicles with wheels are expected to take any sort of test on their knowledge of that code. Moreover, once you have passed your test, you don't get any updates.
My aim for this business is to raise awareness of the Highway Code generally, for all ages and all types of road user.
Play and Stay at Dyserth
I am the Project Lead for this, a new charity based in the village we have settled in. Our remit is to redesign a local play area, making it as accessible and inclusive as possible - to allow room for all age groups and all ability groups to play together.