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Friday, May 15, 2009

Meg was invited to drop in on a ‘UK on-line’ session for the over 55s at Heeley Advice Centre. Maxine Bowler from Heeley Development Trust (HDT) has been appointed as the older learners ‘Digital Inclusion Champion’ for Yorkshire and the Humber. She told Meg that her task is to get 16 flagship centres across Yorkshire, including HDT, to champion older learners. Nationally the aim is to get 20,000 learners over the age of 55 using digital technology.


Meg said:


"The learners were enjoying the morning; it gave them a chance to learn how to do things on-line at their own pace. Some of the learners had their own pc’s but wanted to find out how to do more, others were relatively new to computer usage and wanted to explore the possibilities in a supportive environment."


It is becoming more important that older people have access to the information on the net, particularly as the Government puts more services on line through www.directgov.uk Maxine also wants to ensure that older people get the benefits that those with computers take for granted. These include keeping in touch with friends and family through e-mail, finding local services such as doctors, dentists etc, ordering shopping on-line when you can’t get out to the shops, researching your interests - such as looking for a local club or researching your family tree through internet resources. The project is sponsored by Ofcom and promoted by UK on-line.


For more information contact Maxine Bowler on 2500613. 

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