Free sessions will encourage silver surfers
HELP is being offered to older people new to using online communication tools.
Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons has donated a whopping £66,000 to Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland to run Silver Surfer sessions across the county, including at its Earl Shilton Centre on Kings Walk.
The money will be used to recruit at least 20 Digital Champions who will lead sessions at the centre and in other community venues across the county.
Free to attend, with no booking required, sessions can support up to around 15 people at a time and will given an introduction to using communication tools including email Skype and FaceTime .
Sessions in Earl Shilton are held on Mondays from 9am until 4pm.
A spokesman for Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland said: “With many services becoming digital by default, older people who are not online face more hurdles in their daily lives to access both private and public sector services.
“The Digital Champions project is aimed at helping those people access online information on everything from benefits to bus timetables.
“With a focus on people in rural areas, it aims to combat loneliness and isolation by helping these budding silver surfers to keep in touch with family and friends online.”
Sessions will also cover online safety and protection from viruses and fraud.
For more information about the Earl Shilton sessions call the centre on Hinckley 847666.