We wanted to let you know about computer training for older people in Bradford.
Do you care for someone at a distance? It can be challenging to keep in touch using ICT where older relatives do not have the knowledge to use tools like email and Skype.
Worth Connecting is tackling this issue by offering beginners courses in computing for people over the age of 55.
Once participants start to develop confidence in the use of computers, they can access social networks and find out about local events from the Internet. It’s a powerful way to break down social isolation experienced by so many older, sick or disabled people.
Carers Resource and Positive Minds are working on the project and volunteer Digital Champions train older people in basic computer skills, Skype and social networking.
For carers the training can help their wellbeing and that of the person they look after. It makes it easier to access information and advice. Friendships can be formed on the courses themselves too.
Roy of Keighley is a carer for his 96 year old father. He explains:
“As a volunteer it brought me new teaching skills and I got to know a lot of new people. It also brought people together in the sessions and they stared sharing phone numbers. With six weeks they could use Skype and other tools – it was great to see them going from knowing nothing about computers to using them to stay connected with friends and family.”
If you would like to access computer training for older people in Bradford contact Saiuqa Raney on (01274) 449660 or email email@example.com