Get­ting to grips with gad­gets

Older peo­ple’s tech les­son

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

UNIVER­SITY stu­dents taught an older gen­er­a­tion how to work mod­ern gad­gets – and even how to play Candy Crush – at a tech­nol­ogy work­shop.

The Brunel stu­dents held a two-hour drop-in ses­sion for older peo­ple at the Town­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, in Town­field Square, Hayes. It was so suc­cess­ful, another is planned for the new year.

Sev­en­teen peo­ple aged be­tween 50 and 80 brought along their mo­bile phones, iPads and other gad­gets, and the stu­dents taught them ev­ery­thing from turn­ing the de­vices on and off prop­erly to down­load­ing and play­ing games.

Leon Evans, vi­cepres­i­dent for com­mu­nity wel­fare for the Union of Brunel Stu­dents, said: “It gives me a warm feel­ing inside giv­ing some­thing back to the gen­er­a­tion that laid the foun­da­tion for our op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Thank you so much to all the vol­un­teers and a spe­cial thank you to the staff that help make it pos­si­ble.”

The work­shop was or­gan­ised by Age UK Hilling­don, the Union of Brunel Stu­dents and Bri­tish Air­ways.

Based on its suc­cess, or­gan­is­ers have ar­ranged to hold another ses­sion at the com­mu­nity cen­tre on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 22, from 10am to noon.

He­len Gib­son, healthy liv­ing project co­or­di­na­tor at the com­mu­nity cen­tre, said: “If you are strug­gling to bond with your elec­tronic gad­gets and you are ter­ri­ble with tech­nol­ogy, then dust off your de­vices and bring them along with you to the Town­field Cen­tre, where a team of skilled vol­un­teers will be happy to an­swer any is­sues you may have.”

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