Two decades of new-fangled old style support
SeniorNet has already taken delivery of its 20th birthday gift.
The community-based computer support centre for over 50s in Princess St has moved into freshly refurbished premises at the rear of the Japac building.
It’s the group’s fourth move in two decades according to life member Mike Lawrence, who has been one of SeniorNet’s technogurus for 19 of those years.
Lawrence started when the group used to meet on the second floor of the AMP building on Broadway.
‘‘It was set up as a project by Terrace End Rotary,’’ he said.
The goal then was the same as it is now, to help bring over 50s up to speed with computing in a relaxed atmosphere, at their own pace and in their own time.
Lawrence said that thanks to the pace of technological change resulting in new software and devices, demand for the group’s services had continued.
‘‘Technology has certainly changed. People used to come in to use our computers, now they turn up with their own laptops and iPads.’’
He said some 800 people had taken advantage of SeniorNet in those 20 years, and there were around 150 current members.
Reg Romans, who with Carole Taylor runs SeniorNet’s iPad interest group, said he and his fellow tutors were always helping people to get into the newer technology.
‘‘There’s Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat. We have an Android interest group and a photo interest group.’’
Learning about Windows 10 is also popular. There are small group sessions, ideally between four and six members, on getting the most out of tablets, smartphones and smart TVs.
‘‘Some people turn up with the device still in the box,’’ Taylor said.
SeniorNet’s second move was to a computer suite at UCOL. It then relocated to 105 Princess St,
‘‘Some people turn up with the device still in the box.’’ Carole Taylor, SeniorNet
and is still there, only in a new space.
The computer suite has eight computer screens, two of them Apple Macs, and a smart TV. There’s still plenty of room for those who bring along their own devices.
SeniorNet celebrated the anniversary with a lunch at the Chalet on Wednesday, July 12.
Enquiries about classes and drop in times can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org and 359 4367.
SeniorNet technical support guru and tutor Mike Lawrence shares information on an iPad with Elaine Wilton.