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North Bradley Computer Club helps older novices to experiment with digital technology

– Age UK’s Itea & Biscuits Week is back for 2012! –

Age UK’s Itea and Biscuits Week is fast approaching (Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd September) and North Bradley Computer Club is calling on local older people who are interested in learning about technology to get involved. To find out about using the Internet, digital cameras, mobile phones and more, join us on Tuesday 18th for a taster session, just phone 01225 765644 to reserve a place.

Now in its fifth year, Itea and Biscuits Week is an annual campaign run by national charity Age UK. With 5.4 million older people having never been online, and 95% of older people having never used a smartphone, the Week aims to introduce people in later life to a variety of digital technology.  Technology can be invaluable, from using mobile phones and the Internet to keep in contact with loved ones more easily, to snapping those heart-warming moments in life with a digital camera.

So if people are finding themselves bamboozled by modern technology, North Bradley Computer Club’s training event could be the answer! Training will take place in the Peace Memorial Hall, Southwick Road, BA14 0SH from 10.30 – 12.00noon on Tuesday 18th September and is open to all adults, with a particular emphasis on those new to technology. There will be experts on hand to guide participants every step of the way.

Pauline, a volunteer from North Bradley Computer Club said: “Itea and Biscuits Week is a great way for people in later life with little or no experience of technology to get a taste of what the Internet and other digital technology can offer. Even if you’ve never touched a mobile phone before, or only have a vague idea of what the Internet is, come along and have a go – they really aren’t as tricky as they seem!”

During Itea and Biscuits Week, Age UK will be calling on people of all ages who are already online to become a Digital Champion by helping an older friend, family member or neighbour to use the Web.

David Mortimer, Head of Digital Inclusion at Age UK, said: “Age UK runs Itea and Biscuits Week to help older people discover and experiment with new technology, often for the first time. Technology really can be pivotal in later life, allowing people to keep abreast of news and information and stay in contact with friends and relatives, helping to combat loneliness and isolation.

“On top of encouraging older people to attend events during the Week, we are calling on anyone who knows how to use technology to become a Digital Champion by passing on their knowledge of mobile phones, the Internet, ipads and anything else to an older friend, family member or neighbour they know.”

For more information about Itea and Biscuits Week and handy tips on becoming a Digital Champion, please go to www.ageuk.org.uk/itea-and-biscuits or call 0800 169 65 65.