All the latest news from the Silver City Surfers

Our hot-off-the-press latest news can be found here. This section is updated often so please come back to see what we’re doing throughout the year.

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Woodside Community Centre

Silver City Surfers attended Woodside Community Centre on 20th June and enjoyed meeting with the people of Woodside. With a variety of charitable organisations in attendance the event was a great opportunity for local residents over 50 to feedback on the types of services they would like to see in their area.
The Silver City Surfers team hope to be visiting Woodside again soon and not just because of the lovely cream tea provided by Mark Lovie and his team at the community centre.
In the meantime please see our drop in sessions at venues across the city.

BIG HELP OUT event on Saturday 8th June

Silver City Surfers enjoyed meeting with the Lord and Lady Provost, alongside other third sector organisations at the Trinity Centre on 8th June 2024. The Big Help Out event was a great opportunity for charities to let the public know how to get involved and volunteer. If you couldn’t make it you haven’t missed your chance, we are still recruiting. Could you be a volunteer tutor? Please get in touch, we would love to tell you more about this opportunity.

Politician’s Visit

Kirsty Blackman enjoyed a visit with the Silver City Surfers on Monday 27th May. Kirsty, having a long held interest in the work of the charity, came along to a session to see for herself what takes place. Kirsty was welcomed by the Silver City Surfers team at Michie’s cafe where she chatted with tutors over a coffee and met with members of the public attending the drop in session. The visit highlighted the importance of digital inclusion in Aberdeen.

Kirsty is pictured above with learner David. Behind are Nelly Jaka, charity Coordinator with John Michie of Charles Michie, the family run North East business.

The team are at Michie’s Cafe every Monday between 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Come and join us for a cuppa or see our other sessions throughout the week at various venues in the city.

SHMU Radio Show

Silver City Surfers met with Mike Melvin, host of ‘So Why Don’t You…’ the weekly radio show on SHMU fm that is all about the wonderful world of volunteering

Tutor Cathy and learner Steve were delighted to talk with ‘Mike the Mic’ on the show about what it’s like to attend a Silver City Surfers session.

You can listen through this link and hear from Cathy about the support the service provides and Steve’s experience having popped into a session for some help.

ABZ Works Partnership

Silver City Surfers and ABZWorks have established a new partnership in Aberdeen to enhance digital skills for those who are of employment age. This collaboration aims to bridge the digital divide by improving digital literacy and boosting confidence in using modern technology. The partnership focuses on empowering older residents, fostering greater independence, and promoting social inclusion by providing employment support. By combining resources and expertise, Silver City Surfers is seeking to create a supportive environment where digitally excluded adults can thrive in an increasingly digital world. Support is provided via one-to-one drop in sessions at Tillydrone Community Campus Library every Thursday from 2-4pm

Sessions with The Quarriers

Silver City Surfers are working with Quarriers to deliver IT support sessions at their premises at 37 Albert Street.
Volunteer tutors are there for any Carers who would like to drop in for some help.
Join us as we help Quarriers kick off Carers Week with the next session on Monday 10th June 2024, 11am – 1pm.
Carer Michael (pictured) spent some time with tutor Lee and was “so grateful for the excellent advice”

The Big Help Out

Come and speak with us at the BIG HELP OUT event on Saturday 8th June. The Silver City Surfers team will be at the Trinity Centre alongside many of the city’s charities, promoting the great work they do and looking forward to meeting you. Come and chat with us between 12pm and 2pm. Interested in volunteering? We’ll be delighted to talk with you and let you know how you can get involved.

We’re still here for you!

While COVID restrictions apply, we are providing assistance remotely by phone and video calls.

Phone us on 07799 371329 or email silvercitysurfers@gmail.com

We expect to resume our normal sessions when safe to do so.

January Tech Talk

Join us for our January tech talk where Aberdeen City Council will be telling us all about how to access their services online. More and more services are switching to digital and we want to make sure that our learners don’t get left out of the loop. Blue badge applications are also now completely on line and cannot be accessed through paper forms. Come along to find out more. We’ll be in the basement of the Citadel on Tuesday 14th January, talk starts at 1.30pm.

November Tech Talk

Our next Tech Talk will be presented by tutor Graham Castle, who will be demonstrating the benefits of investing in a smart speaker.

Graham tells us that “Smart speakers are subject to derision and ridicule as well as personal security concerns however they have real practical uses for older people. Technology changes at an incredible pace and some older people struggle with keyboards, touch screens and smartphones but almost everyone can speak. To use a smart speaker all you need to do is speak to it! Smart speakers can help older people maintain their independence and provide close family, who may be caring for older people, with reassurance that their loved ones are not in need of assistance. These devices are particularly useful for 70 and 80 year old people who have no computer skills, poor eyesight, early onset dementia, poor short term memory or a physical disability that prevents them from using other technology devices. Smart speakers are affordable often being on sale for around £25, so it’s not much of a risk to give one a try. Some smart speakers also give you free UK landline and mobile phone calls so it won’t take long to recoup your investment.”

Come along to our talk on Tuesday 12th November to find out more!

October Tech Talk

Our next tech talk is Anti-virus and other software to keep you safe online. This topic was requested by several of our learners so should be a popular one. Jim Hunter will be guiding us through whether or not our devices need a flu-jab or an app and chatting through anti-virus software. Come and find out what it all means at The Citadel on Tuesday 8th October. Talk starts at 1:30pm and we will be in the basement where we have the tearoom at the Citadel sessions. We look forward to seeing you there.

September Tech Talk with Lisa from Action on Hearing Loss

September Tech Talk with Lisa from Action on Hearing Loss

Our first tech talk after our break was with Lisa from Action on Hearing Loss. We had a fab afternoon listening to the different kinds of tech that are available to people experiencing hearing loss and lots of our learners stayed afterwards for their free hearing test. Keep your eyes peeled for news of our October talk.

Tech talks

Tech talks

We are taking a break from our tech talks over the summer, but we will be back in September. If you have a topic you would like to suggest, contact our coordinator silvercitysurfers@gmail.com or call us on 07799 371329