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Youngsters help silver surfers ride internet wave
YOUNGSTERS in Stafford have been helping the over 55s to learn computer skills as part of National Silver Surfers Week and Adult Learning Week.
Children from Parkside Primary School visited Stafford and Rural Homes customers at Gough and Crispin Close Independent Living Scheme, in Tillington, for a ‘Silver Surfers’ Day on Friday, May 20.
Customers from seven other SARH Independent Living Schemes also came along and were taught a range of basic IT skills from the children including searching the internet, sending emails and word processing.
A special quiz was also held for the customers and youngsters to take part in.
Carol White, Independent Living Co-ordinator for SARH, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to get our customers learning a new skill in support of Silver Surfers Week and Adult Learning Week but it is also about helping to build stronger relations between our older customers and youngsters in the local community.”
Silver Surfers’ Day is the biggest national campaign to promote the use of digital technologies by older people and was launched by Digital Unite in 2002. This year, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the day has been extended to a week-long activity.
Founded and co-ordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Adult Learning Week is in its 20th year and aims to get adults of all ages and backgrounds taking up new activities.