Senior Citizens take “Digital Action”!

A group of senior citizens is the latest group to benefit from ‘Get Shropshire Online’ a project run by leading local charity Shropshire Rural Community Council.

Wem’s Senior Citizens Club is delivering beginner classes to their members to help them develop the skills they need to use the internet. The sessions take place on a Tuesday morning and are being held in the local pub! The Landlord from “The Castle” has kindly opened his doors and is supporting the group by allowing them to use the pub as a venue, utilising their internet connection.

The local group is also making use of the support given by Get Shropshire Online in their delivery and use of equipment. Phil Moyse one of the Mentors from the group praised the help they had received from Get Shropshire Online. “Being able to borrow computer equipment to get the group started has been great! Get Shropshire Online have also introduced us to a learning tool which we use to support our learners to get online for the first time. “

The sessions are well attended and a presentation is planned to take place at Wem Senior Citizens Club this Thursday to celebrate the learners’ achievements.

For further information about becoming a member of Wem Senior Citizens Club please contact Mr Ken Lovegrove telephone number 01939 234299.

To find out how you could support someone to get online or if you would like information about how you could set up your own group, please phone Lisa Darkin 01743 342177 or email: [email protected]

Taking the first step to get “online” can be a daunting task, however thanks to Shropshire Rural Community Council’s Get Shropshire Online Project this has been made easier.

Since September 2011, a team of volunteers has been based within a number of the libraries across the county to support first time users to access the internet and learn how to use email. Acting as mentors, the volunteers provide one-one assistance to people who have never used the internet to show them the benefits of being online and mastering the World Wide Web.

“Our volunteers are local people who are enthusiastic about using the internet and are keen to share simple computer skills with others” explains Lisa Darkin, Project Officer. “Learning to use the internet has had a positive impact on learners, helping them to keep in contact with loved ones, access government services more easily, pursue their hobbies and search for jobs.

The project is also working in partnership with other community venues who deliver first time users courses.

Get Shropshire Online Groups & Partners operate in Market Drayton, Ellesmere, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Shawbury, Shifnal, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Westbury, Rushbury, Much Wenlock and Whitchurch. Groups meet in their local Library or community venue; most sessions are free however a small donation or charge may be sought at some of the sessions.

For more information about Get Shropshire Online sessions, call Laura Ward 01743 342177


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