Young tech whizzes to help older generation

Corby, Library, 'E-Buddy scheme. Young people to help older people with new technology- Facebook, mobile phones, downloading, uploading etc. l-r Louise Laing, 18, and Kayleigh Hunter, 16, ready to teach. 'Wednesday 18th January, 2012
Corby, Library, 'E-Buddy scheme. Young people to help older people with new technology- Facebook, mobile phones, downloading, uploading etc. l-r Louise Laing, 18, and Kayleigh Hunter, 16, ready to teach. 'Wednesday 18th January, 2012
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If any older people were wondering about Facebook and Skype but were too afraid to ask, then a new course might just provide the answers.

Corby Library is set to hold four weekly sessions for older people, where young people will be on hand to show them how to use the internet and mobile phones.

The sessions start next Thursday and are being co-ordinated by Northamptonshire County Council’s library service and Youthworks CIC in Corby.

The young people taking part in the project are on courses at Youthworks CIC.

They got together for a training session at the library yesterday.

Brenda Eason, inter-generation programme co-ordinator for the library service, said: “It is about bringing the generations together and helping the wider community.

“It will be whatever they want to learn at a basic level and will be very informal.

“They may want to get in touch with their children or grandchildren or learn how to do online shopping, or even basic things like using a mouse or setting up email.

“The young people seem really keen to help out. We can all learn something – there is always something you don’t know.

“They have already helped a lady at the library and Carol Copeland from Youthworks with some things – it has started off well and that was just the training session.”

Kayleigh Hunter, 16, of Desborough will be taking part in the course.

She said: “I’m happy to be involved because I’ve had to help my grandparents and my mum use technology anyway.

“It is going to be Facebook, MySpace, MSN Messenger and stuff like that.”

The sessions run between 10am and midday.

Each session will last an hour and will cost a maximum of £2 depending on internet use.

It is a drop-in course, but places can also be pre-booked at the library.