Silver surfers click onto the internet

Orchard House Care Assistant Kim Ashby (left) gets online with "Silver Surfer" Marion North. (right).'112055. Pic Kevin Allen'19/05/11.
Orchard House Care Assistant Kim Ashby (left) gets online with "Silver Surfer" Marion North. (right).'112055. Pic Kevin Allen'19/05/11.

ORCHARD House has a new generation of silver surfers after staff organised a special event to show them that computers are not as scary as they might seem at first.

Spring Online is a national event and organisers were helped Care Micro Systems Ltd, in Columbus Ravine, who supplied the equipment needed for the sessions.

June Stephenson, the director at Orchard House in Scalby Road, said: “I read about it online and thought it was an interesting idea. The aim was to get older people to use computers and the internet. We were worried that might not be that receptive. We wanted to break down some of the barriers for older people approaching the internet.”

They set up a little internet cafe and organised one-to-one sessions to get people online.

Mrs Stephenson said that Google Street Maps and family history records proved popular with those taking part. She added: “I think we’d definitely repeat it. It does break down potential barriers and people went away thinking it was not as intimidating.”

She said that they were planning to raise money so that they could buy new equipment and make the internet cafe a more permanent arrangement.