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Tweeting, Googling and profile posting have become an everyday part of modern life for the internet generation.
But for older people who are yet to become silver surfers, cyber-speak may as well be Greek.
And in Sketty Park work has got under way to break down the technological language barrier and introduce the area’s ageing population to the wonders of information superhighway.
More than 80 people over the age of 50 took part in a taster session at the Sketty Park Community Centre in a bid to get to grips with gadgets from iPads to laptops.
The project, known as Sketty Park Online, is part of the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 which is designed to help communities and small enterprises to make the most of the internet.
The event, which also featured a class in taking digital photographs, involved Sketty Park Communities First and Sketty Park Church.
Communities 2.0 spokesman Dan Jolley said: “The iPads were really popular. They don’t have keyboards or mice to contend with.
“Things like YouTube were used to show people how to post videos online. That went down really well.”
Swansea-based affordable housing group Coastal were also on hand to take the visitors through their paces in everything from digital photography to Twitter and Facebook.
Coastal spokesman Kevin Hedges said: “We had more than 80 people attend the event. It involved a variety of different technology that people could try out.
“People were interested in learning more and that is the point, to get people aware of different technology.”
Pensioner Val Pearce was one of the many older people who was given the chance to try her hand at the new technology at her fingertips.
The 67-year-old has lived in Sketty for 34 years and said she has used a laptop but only for very basic tasks.
She said: “I had a go at everything. They had computers and tablets there. I had never used the tablets before. They showed us Skype and they also showed us how to use Photoshop.
“I know quite a few of my neighbours who have family that live abroad and would like to use Skype.
“It was run as part of the Old Person’s Forum for IT. It was a very good chance to learn more.
“It was a lovely afternoon and a tutor has been employed who will now hold classes in the area that is going to cover quite a few different things such as family history, Skype, Twitter and Facebook.
“The iPads were fantastic. I played with them all day.”
Communities 2.0 senior marketing and public engagement officer Mark Smith said: “Sketty Park Online is aiming to work with older people, social housing tenants and unemployed people to help them build up digital skills that could help some become more employable and others to become more socially active and involved in their communities.
“It is more difficult for people in these social groups to access and make use of the internet.”
Communities 2.0 have produced a list of websites that older web users may find interesting or useful. We’ve found this handy to pique their interest and to get them started.
Getting and keeping in touch
- Webmail – e.g. Gmail or Yahoo! mail
- GransNet – conversational forum for older people
- Saga website
- IDF50 (I Don’t Feel Fifty)
- Digital Unite – IT advice and discussion for older people
- Your doctor’s surgery – making appointments online
- Your local library – renewing library books online
- UK crime map
- Google Earth
- UK Census Online
- NHS Direct – health information
- Manage your bank account online
- iPlayer for BBC TV show and film playback
- Metoffice – check the weather
- Flickr – put your photos online
- YouTube – videos
- Yahoo! Answers – ask and answer questions on just about anything
- DirectGov – renew car tax online and much, much more related to public services e.g. clean beaches map, consumer rights, pensions and travel
Friday 20th May is when we will be helping hundreds of people to get online for the first time and others to brush up on their computer skills.
Many events are being held across Wales to reach thousands of people – and they’re all free!
Digital Day is part of Adult Learners’ Week. Staff from Communities 2.0, the Welsh Assembly Government’s digital inclusion programme, will be among those, providing fun learning opportunities through Information Technology (IT).
Visit Click. Connect. Discover to find out where our Communities 2.0 staff will be on the day, and come along to meet them.
Find out about other events being held by local organisations across Wales springonline website (external website).
To help you help someone else get started with the web, we have a selection of ‘how to’ videos on our website. You could also show them Albert’s video where the 73-year-old ex-miner explains why getting online has been so important to him.
There will also be resources to print off and follow for people getting to grips with useful websites for the first time.
Digital Day has also been called ‘Silver Surfer’s Day’ in the past but this year events in Wales are open to everyone over the age of 16 as part of Adult Learners Week.
Previous blog post: Silver Surfers’ Day 2010 – but why should older people bother with the internet?
The BBC has announced the launch of BBC First Click campaign to help people get online.
BBC Connect is the website that will show you how to get involved, how to get other people involved and how to organise a ‘First Click’ session at your premises.
It provides information on the basics of using the internet and provides a phone number that you can call to discover where your nearest training session is being held.
The Communities 2.0 project run by the Wales Co-operative Centre in the guise of the Click.Connect.Discover campaign is a partner to BBC First Click in Wales.
This week is Get Online Week!
Over 3000 events are being held across the UK to help people Get Online with myguide.
myguide is a website designed to help people take their first steps with computers and the internet.
You can practice how to use email and play Splash & Grab – a fun way to register for myguide – and will be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!
Click.Connect.Discover also provides taster sessions on the use of digital technology, including how to get online and using the internet. See www.clickconnectdiscover.org/taster-sessions for more information.
You can now register your interest in the Digital Inclusion Wales Conference 2010, to be held in Swansea on 8th and 9th December. The Welsh Assembly Government event is for anyone who is interested in getting people online in Wales.
Live link to the US
Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, Lesley Griffiths AM will open the event by talking about the Welsh Assembly Government’s latest digital inclusion policies and approaches. Marc Osten, an expert in helping Third Sector organisations get the most from the internet, will address the conference via a live link to the United States.
Something for everyone
There will be a series of seminars held across the two days, on a range of topics, including community broadband networks, website advice for small organisations, online trading, the delivery of public services online and many more. Bookings will open later this month, but you can now register your interest in attending, by going to www.clickconnectdiscover/conference, and submitting your name and e-mail address.
The event is expected to fill up quickly, so act early to avoid disappointment!