Silver surfers hit the net
3 June 2011 - Budding silver surfers in South Ribble were encouraged to learn more about the world wide web by signing up to free computer classes.
Budding silver surfers in South Ribble were encouraged to learn more about the world wide web by signing up to free computer classes.
New Progress Housing Association hosted a number of one-off internet taster sessions as part of a national campaign to increase the number of older people online. The fun and interactive sessions took place throughout May at four sheltered schemes. The classes were open to local people aged over 50 and residents of the schemes.
Run by New Progress and Help the Aged, children from local primary schools were also on hand to help, from the basics of switching on a computer to sending emails, writing letters and using the web.
Sian Coulton, Community Investment Officer for New Progress said, “We believe that it is never too late to learn a new skill or hobby, which is why we decided to team up with Help the Ages to hold these computer classes. We had a great turnout and the children had a fantastic time teaching the residents new skills.”