OAP ‘Silver Surfers’ hit the Internet thanks to teens

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AN enterprising ‘Silver Surfers’ scheme has now been launched by a Hucknall school, aimed at teaching pensioners of the town how to use the Internet.

The project is being run by sixth-form students of Holgate Comprehensive and it provides an innovative example of how young people and the elderly can work together.

The computer suite at the Under One Roof centre on Hucknall’s Vine Terrace is being used for sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Kelly Wigginton, the assistant head of the sixth form at Holgate, said two groups of pensioners — with four in one and three in the other — were benefiting from the scheme.

“Everyone is happy with how it is going,” said Kelly. “We have had to take into account that the elderly people are at different levels, some starting from scratch and others a bit more advanced.

“We have also had to make it a short-term project because the students giving the tuition must soon start preparing for exams. But we would certainly like to carry it on after September and a lot more of our students want to take part.”

One of the sixth-formers involved in the scheme, Ross Bramley (16), said he had found it personally rewarding and well worthwhile. He added that the elderly folk in his group were very enthusiastic about getting online.

The project took flight after three Holgate students won an Ashfield schools’ version of the popular ‘Dragons’ Den’ TV programme. The theme was to seek ways of young people relating to adults, particularly the elderly.

The initial idea was a day trip for pensioners to the coast. But this initiative did not materialise for logistic reasons and because it suffered from a lack of ‘sustainability“.

OUR PHOTO shows 16-year-old Emma Duffield giving 64-year-old Jim Dallison a tutorial on how to surf the web — DISPIC NHUD12-0543-3