Buddy, can you spare me some time?
Further to the letter from Bert Symons in Issue 523 about his computer club in Plymouth, I would like to point out that many groups of the University of the Third Age (U3A, www.u3a.org.uk) provide assistance for people who have retired from full-time work and need help with their computer.
In my local Radlett U3A ( https:// u3asites.org.uk/radlett), I run a group called Computer Buddies aimed at helping members that are experiencing a problem with their computer, and would like someone to help them one to one, usually in their own home. Many members complain they were advised to get a computer by a family member, who then proceeded to set it up and run through the basics so quickly that it’s impossible to take it all in. Whereas our buddies can spare one or two hours teaching the less experienced.
The service includes a website with links to get help with specific software and other computer issues. Robin Crosher, Computer Buddies Group leader, Radlett U3A