Brenda surfs online
Young Agents show silver surfers the way
By Community Catalyst Natalie Wint
Silver Surfers Week is a campaign to help nearly 10 million over-50s, who aren't yet online, taste the delights of cyber-life, and give them an appetite for more!
Throughout Coventry and Warwickshire, taster sessions were held by local community organisations attended by many older people - many having their first encounter with a computer.
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, not wanting to miss out on the surfing action, held it’s own session for listeners on Thursday, 22 May.
Two young volunteers, Irfaan Hussain and Mohammed Adnan, both 19-years-old and from Coventry, supported the event. The Agents for Change were encouraged to share their techie knowledge and ease our guests into learning about browsers, emails and the wonders of online shopping!
Joy, who came to the centre for the day from Banbury, told us how she thought computers weren't for her.
Irfaan introducing Silver Surfer’s Day
She said: "My daughter uses them all the time at work, but I have never felt I could. I'm always sure the computer will crash!"
However during the session, Joy was shown a website giving her tips for craft making - an activity she is passionate about – now she is keen to interact with the Internet more regularly for more design inspiration.
Introduction to the Internet
A couple of visitors had computers lying idle at home and promised Richard Adams, a tutor from Digital Unite, who also kindly volunteered his time for the session, to get it going again.
Richard also told us how another visitor was surprised at how easy it was to search for interesting information and promised to look into buying a computer for herself.
Mohammed told us: "I helped a person to use MS Word and the Internet. I explained and guided them through the software and they really appreciated my help."
A great opportunity
Irfaan had a similar take on his experience of volunteering: "I got to help a person use a computer and it feels like I have made a change in someone’s life. Thank you for this opportunity."
Are you inspired to learn about the Internet and computing? It can make life much easier – pay your bills on line, enrol on a college course or find a cheap holiday. Give your local library a call for details of courses where you live.
If you are interested in volunteering and making a real difference to the community using computers or if would like to find out more about other volunteering opportunities coming up over the summer, please give the CSV Action Desk a call on 0845 900 5 300.
Silver Surfers' Day is managed by Digital Unite in partnership with Ofcom and is part of Adult Learners' Week.
last updated: 27/05/2008 at 16:37