Buddy, can you spare me some time?

Computer Active (UK) - - Let­ters -

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

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