Silver City Surfers’ volunteer tutor, Graham Castle, won a national Digital Hero Award in 2015 for his very successful monthly series of technology information talks designed and delivered to older adults. View the video, produced by TalkTalk, that reflects the initiative and the work of the charity.
Following the recent receipt of a grant from the TalkTalk Digital Hero’s Awards Silver City Surfers is instigating a series of mobile talks and workshops in Aberdeen City and Shire. The aim is to create self-perpetuating Internet Clubs in areas where these do not already exist and where there is a proven need.
The first mobile talks and workshops programme began on 18 April 2016 at the Cults Church Centre and ran for 10 weeks. These sessions were very well attended and helped many older people get to grips with technology in the area.
The second 10-week programme will begin at the Froghall Community Centre at 4pm on Monday, 19 September 2016. We are actively seeking volunteer tutors for these sessions – please contact us if you are interested in finding out more. We’d be delighted to hear from you.
Silver City Surfers is a signatory to the Scottish Digital Participation Charter and the mobile talk programme supports this initiative by promoting digital participation for older adults. The format is that over the ten weeks we hope to have taught the learners the ‘five basic digital skills‘ required of modern life all as detailed in the Charter.
We aim to attract learners who are unable to come to our drop-in sessions held in Aberdeen City throughout the week e.g. people living in sheltered accommodation but anyone aged over 55 can attend.
The programme for the ten week period is:-
- How to search the Internet
- Email basics
- Browser basics
- Apps and App management
- The absolute basics of Facebook
- Internet safety basics
- Online shopping
- How to solve your own tech. problems online
- How to complete an online form
- Being creative online
If you know of a location that would benefit from our mobile talk services please let us know.
We are also always looking to recruit volunteers to support our activities so please do get in touch if you can spare a couple of hours a week.