Wonders of the web opened up

Norman Hayes is being helped out by Sue Oxley on how to surf the internet at the 10th anniversary of the Silver Surfer. Picture: Andrew Roe
Norman Hayes is being helped out by Sue Oxley on how to surf the internet at the 10th anniversary of the Silver Surfer. Picture: Andrew Roe

EVERYBODY’S gone surfing - surfing OAPs!

For technophobes have become techno pros following a special event aimed at helping the older generation tackle the mysteries of the world wide web.

And that means a whole new generation of silver surfers are set to tame the internet thanks to a course aimed at helping senior citizens get to grips with computers.

Staff from Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT) were on hand to offer basic computer guidance to Conisbrough residents and in turn transform them into ‘silver surfers’ - a nickname given to those aged over 50 who use the internet.

During Silver Surfers’ Day, locals had the chance to find out more on browsing the web, emailing and using interactive services online and people could also enrol for DWDT’s free beginners’ computer courses which offer on-the-spot advice on using PCs.

The event was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Silver Surfers’ Day.

And with one in five people aged 55 to 64 never having used the internet, Sue Oxley, a community capacity building officer for DWDT, wants to challenge those numbers.

The 57-year-old said: “For many people, computers and the internet can be confusing and a little scary, but they can also open up new opportunities and even whole new worlds.

“From keeping in touch with friends and family to saving money or pursuing interests and hobbies, you can use technology to help you do whatever you want to do. Everyone and anyone can get to grips with computers.”

And one such PC fan is Mexborough man John Morris, 76, a self-confessed silver surfer who has been using the facilities at DWDT’s base in Castle Avenue, Conisbrough, to keep in touch with family, including his sister who lives in Canada.

He said: “I didn’t know where to start until I was introduced to Sue who helped me to get online using a training course that involved one to one help and headphones.

“I now keep in touch with my family on a regular basis. You are never too old to learn.”

There were prizes on offer for people who attended the course and free health checks from NHS staff for those between 40 to 74.