Apr 262012

Digital Unite’s Spring Online Week runs from 23 to 27 April, and Silver City Surfers is calling on over-55s to join them for free IT taster sessions. With thanks to Christine Dunhill, Silver City Surfers Co-ordinator.

Launched in 2002 by Digital Unite, Spring Online is an annual campaign which aims to help older people benefit from using email and the internet to keep in contact with loved ones more easily, and to use digital cameras to capture and share special memories.

An ONS report published in February claims that a significant number of Britons have never used the internet and that 67% of those are over 65.

Silver City Surfers has been running in Aberdeen for seven years and was set up by older people for older people to run free weekly information and hands-on IT sessions. Margaret Smith, Chair of Silver City Surfers is particularly keen to emphasise that tutoring is one-to-one, so that people can progress at their own pace.

Taster sessions will see volunteer experts teaching basic skills such as emailing and searching the internet.

Drop-in sessions will take place at:

  • The Citadel, 28 Castle Street, from 1100 to 1300 on Wednesday 25 April
  • Northfield Community Centre, Byron Square, from 1100 to 1300 on Thursday 26 April

These are open to everyone over 55. Especially welcome are those new to technology.

Further sessions will be held in Michie’s Coffee Shop from 1430 to 1600 on Monday 7 May and on the first Monday of each month thereafter.

Christine Dunhill remarked:

We run sessions throughout the year and are participating in Spring Online week as it’s a great way for people to see what they can achieve by connecting to the internet. Recently someone came to us after their daughter had moved abroad, having given them a computer that they couldn’t use.

“Our volunteers have shown them how to connect with their family with their computer using the internet and email and it’s opened up a whole new world for them! Our tutors are all really friendly and patient, so it’s a great place to learn to use technology, and it’s free!”

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