Age UK Suffolk is determined to make it easier for the county’s elderly residents to have a lifeline communication to their loved ones.
With many families now staying in touch via computers and tablets, the charity, in conjunction with Realise Futures, has launched a 10 week course, designed to give elder people more confidence in using technology.
The courses starts later this month and will be held in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.
Every person signing to take part in the tuition series will receive a tablet, which participants will be able to keep so that they can continue to use the skills they have gained and developed.
Jo Reeder, Head of Fundraising & Marketing at Age UK Suffolk, said: “So many families – even if they don’t live hundreds of miles apart – use things like skype and facetime and emails, to keep in touch and exchange news and photographs.
“Our experience tells us that sometimes elderly people feel that they simply can’t keep pace with the technological changes going on, so they are unable to embrace the use of computers or tablets which might offer them a very friendly lifeline.”
The course covers such areas as setting up a tablet, sending and receiving emails, and even taking and editing photographs.
Jo added: “The course structure makes if very easy for even the most novice ‘tech user’ to keep up and to understand what they can achieve with a device.
“We’re looking forward to signing up many elder residents, and introducing them to a whole new way of staying in touch with family and friends.
The course is free to attend, but participants are asked to make a donation of £25 to Age UK Suffolk at the time of booking.
For more information about the course, call 01473 298683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org