WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Silver Surfers Log
On In Leamington
Surfers” are learning to use the internet in a project in Leamington,
Kenilworth and Warwick aimed at encouraging older people to get to grips
scheme has been developed by Activ-Age, Age Concern Warwickshire and the
central division of Warwickshire County Council's Libraries & Heritage
'Older People's Technology' (OPT), it aims to offer one-to-one support for
older people who know little or nothing about computers but want to learn.
recent survey suggested that the over-60s, as an age group, spend more
time on the Internet than children.
many older people are hesitant about starting out and need extra help, in
the early stages, to build their confidence on computers.
offers bookable one-to-one tuition sessions at Leamington, Kenilworth and
initial cost will be £5 for four one-hour sessions, and £1.50 an hour
the libraries' public access computers and working at their own pace,
central Warwickshire's would-be silver surfers will be introduced to the
world of internet and email.
helpers will be techno-volunteers of advancing years, specially trained by
Warwickshire College and Activ-Age, part of Age Concern Warwickshire.
trainers all have specialist interests, such as history or gardening. The
aim will be to match each silver student to a volunteer trainer with
similar interests, to help the learning process along.
manager Jayne Longfield said:
believe older people will benefit from the individual, one-to-one
support as they gain. The OPT scheme offers a low-cost introduction to
computers - you don't have to buy one to have a go.
also very flexible - you can arrange times to suit and go at your own