Tea and Technology
Eighteen older people came together on Thursday 8 February to learn more about their technology.
We ran the taster session for people 50 and over to have a go at using their digital devices over a cup of tea at Marks and Spencer’s café.
Giving out handy tips alongside our Digital Inclusion Officer and volunteers were three Middlesbrough College students, six Barclays Digital Eagles staff and one Police Community Support Officer.
David Thomas, our Digital Inclusion Officer, said: “We teamed up with Middlesbrough College students, Barclays Digital Eagles staff and Cleveland Police to share what we know.
“It was really great to help older people who are often less confident to find new ways to connect with friends and family.
“Older people understanding technology is more important than ever with more and more services going digital.”
Hannah Readman, 16, is studying Hardware Engineering BTEC Level 3 at Middlesbrough College. She said: “I was very nervous at first but I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to help the older generation with technology.
“I have helped people with setting up email accounts, working their way around a new phone and tips about getting online. We are looking forward to getting involved in other sessions.”
Ageing Better Middlesbrough member Margaret Simpson, 73, said: “It took me three months to pluck up the courage to come along to a session with Ageing Better Middlesbrough. They were excellent, friendly and helpful. Nothing was a problem. I have already been to another two sessions since.”
To find out more about Ageing Better Middlesbrough and to become a member for free go to www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk/become-a-member or call the team on 01642 257034.