IT lessons a big hit with elderly

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 April 2015

Pete Burrell of Age UK Devon teaching computor skills to Jutta Day at the Beehive in Honiton. Ref mhh 5319-15-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pete Burrell of Age UK Devon teaching computor skills to Jutta Day at the Beehive in Honiton. Ref mhh 5319-15-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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The weekly sessions are proving so popular that organisers are asking for more volunteers to help out.

Organisers of a computer skills course for older people in the Honiton area say that they have had a strong response to the initiative.

And the weekly sessions are proving so popular that organisers are asking for more volunteers to help out.

The new venture – run by the charity Age UK Devon – began last week at The Beehive centre. Clients brought along their laptops, iPads, other IT tablets and Kindles to learn new skills, from setting up an email account to managing their accounts on an Excel spreadsheet and downloading apps.

“The course is going well and I’m delighted at the response from older people who would like to learn about IT,” said Trish Warren, community activities manager for Age UK Devon.

“There are so many benefits to using the Internet such as keeping in touch with friends and loved ones around the world through Skype and Facetime, to accessing the best deals for insurance and utilities.

“All of the clients went away far more knowledgeable than when they arrived, all happy and satisfied with what they were taught, and eager to learn more.

“Some people already had IT skills and it may be that they’re moving from a laptop to using an iPad or a Hudl, so they wanted information about how to use something different.

“Some people wanted to learn about online banking. We also gave information about online security and we were able to help somebody who had an email that created a virus.”

The charity is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who have an in-depth knowledge of IT to help out at the sessions. “We would like to help more people, but this requires dedicated volunteers to share their knowledge and expertise for just a few hours a week,” said Trish. If you can help, call 0845 2967810 or email p.warren@ageuk-devon.uk

The sessions continue on April 21 and April 28. A second block of four sessions starts on May 12.

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