Age UK Oxfordshire is celebrating Spring Online 2014 by holding free IT taster sessions at its Banbury centre in White Lion Walk from Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4, offering support with using the internet, computers and other digital technologies.
Spring Online in association with Carphone Warehouse is an award-winning initiative by national digital skills trainer Digital Unite. During one week thousands of free taster events and sessions are held across the UK to help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of computers, tablets and the internet.
According to Age UK figures, about seven million people in the country have never used the internet and six million of those are aged 55 or above. Many more people are unable to do basic online tasks such as sending e-mails or searching the web.
Kasia Zielasko, IT lesson coordinator at the centre, said: “We hope as many people aspossible will come along to our Spring Online sessions and give digital technology a go.”
Sessions will be held between 10am and 4pm during the week. Volunteers will be on hand to show visitors how to use computers, the internet and other digital technologies such as touch screen devices.
In February the centre’s IT training service received a boost of £6,020 from Oxfordshire County Council’s Big Society Fund for the delivery of computer classes and IT training for older people in the area.
The sessions are usually priced at £5 per hour but drop-in and casual use is also available for a small donation. For more information, pop into the centre or call 01295 278040.
For more details on the services Age UK Oxfordshire provides, go to www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire