Glan Afan Comprehensive School, which has been providing free computer sessions to senior citizens for six years, will resume the classes next week.
The Silver Surfers Intergenerational Project at the school, which has been on a break for the summer holidays, encourages young and old to interact and learn new skills. Pupils from the school have given up their time to take on the role of “teacher” one evening a week.
During the sessions, the Silver Surfers are taught how to use the mouse and keyboard, create greetings cards, send e-mails, chat to family and friendsacross the world on Skype, find old friends through Facebook, shop on the web and use BBC iPlayer.
Four out of five internet users aged over 55 say access to computers and the web has improved their lives, according to research carried out by Digital Unite, one of the UK’s main providers of digital skills learning.
Project co-ordinator Luke Jenkins, himself a student at Swansea Metropolitan University, said: “We know that a relatively small percentageof senior citizens in Neath Port Talbot use the internet, and that it is becoming more and more important in everyday life.”
“We want to encourage older residents of the county to explore the world of the internet. By attending our weekly sessions, senior citizens are able togain the skills and confidence they need to be able to surf the web alone.”
The sessions will resume on Wednesday (September 12) at 3.30pm, and anyone aged 50 or above is welcome to go along. For further information, contact Luke Jenkins on 01639 262 262, Steve Turner on 01639 883 964, or visit www.glanafansilversurfers.org.uk