The computer buddies project is designed to help older people overcome the ‘fear factor’ associated with computers and the internet, giving them face-to-face moral support to use a computer and get them online.
One in five people in the UK aged 55-64 have never used the internet, rising to 60% of those over 65. Some of the barriers for older people are lack of confidence and fear of feeling stupid as well as not knowing where to go to get help.
Henley Computer Support is playing its part in promoting digital participation to help the older generation get online. We are providing computer equipment and training to the Henley Over 60’s Social Club, and our aim is to enable it’s members to be able to use a computer and the internet. Henley Computer Support has donated five workstation computers to the Henley Over 60’s Club, and will be providing weekly computer training to its members.
The training being provided by Henley Computer Support is free for members of the club, and is for people who have little or no experience of computing. It provides a ‘hands-on’ experience on how to use a computer. Learn the basics of using a computer and how to use a mouse and the keyboard and progress to word processing so that you can create letters and documents. Use the Internet to find information on almost any topic for example, the news, the weather. Use the Internet to access public services and book travel arrangements. Find, watch and download TV programs using the Internet. You will also use email so that you can easily contact other people and send attachments.
The training will take place on Tuesday mornings between 10am and Midday at the club.
For more information and to find out how to get involved, please call Lynda at the Henley Over 60’s club on 01491 574718 (Mon-Wed), or pop in to the Henley Over 60s’ Club at Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AA (in Greys Road car park)