Free ses­sions will en­cour­age silver surfers

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

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.

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