Silver surfers welcome at computer learning day

THURROCK Older People Parliament is planning an event to help those who have not yet embraced computers and new technology.

The Digital Inclusion Event for people aged 50-plus will help those who need help benefiting from using a computer and the internet.

Cllr Barbara Rice, portfolio holder for adult social care and health, said: “Computers need not be frightening and can play an important role in ensuring older pople can be socially connected, especially if friends and family have moved away.

“The internet can also help them remain independent for longer – using such things as online shopping and banking.

“I’ll admit to being in the 50-plus age group and I find all the new-fangled technologies very useful once you get over the initial and natural reluctance. It’s actually quite simple and logical.”

The event is on Tuesday, 8 July, at the Adult Education College in Richmond Road, Grays. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival – it starts at 10am and finishes at noon, and is followed by an hour of taster sessions.

Anyone interested in going along is asked to call workforce planning on 01375 652674 or email mylearning@thurrock.gov.uk to ensure organisers are aware of numbers for refreshments and safety.

Cllr Rice added: “You don’t even have to own your own computer as there are quite a few places – the libraries, hubs and the adult centre for example. You’d be amazed at what you can do.”

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