Youth group teams up with silver surfers for iPad course

Mayor of Craigavon Carla Lockhart, Diamond member Francie Fee, Anita Kelly from Citizens Online NI and youth club members Oisin and Aoife
Mayor of Craigavon Carla Lockhart, Diamond member Francie Fee, Anita Kelly from Citizens Online NI and youth club members Oisin and Aoife

From checking the weather forecast ahead of a group trip to emailing a friend some of the latest pictures of their grandchildren, the silver surfers of one Co Armagh community club are well and truly online after a free iPad training course.

Diamond Senior Citizens’ Club in Maghery and the local youth group teamed up to show that both the young and young-at-heart can appreciate the benefits available at their fingertips.

Thanks to funding from the Southern Trust the club was able to purchase 10 iPads and take part in a six-week course entitled iPads for Beginners with BT Connected Communities.

The youth group helped the older people discover some of the benefits of being online and downloading Apps, with guidance and support from Anita Kelly, Project Coordinator for Citizens Online, NI and Margarita O’Donnell of the Loughshore Access Project.

They were able to search for information about their hobbies, set up e-mail accounts, check the weather forecast and get easy access to local services. Advice Service and Translink Google maps was a favourite as was the taking and editing of photographs.

Members of both the Diamond Club and the Youth Club were presented with certificates by the Mayor of Craigavon Carla Lockhart.

Francis Fee, a member of the Diamond Group said: “We’ve learned so much more about the opportunities existing for us by being connected to the Internet and the various Apps we can download to help us keep in contact with each other, increasing our health and social well-being and reducing social and rural Isolation.”

Another participant said: “This course was very enjoyable and I learned so much more than I thought I ever could – I’d recommend everyone to get online, as there’s something to suit everyone’s interests. The young people were very helpful and showed us how to set up emails and download different apps.”

BT is working in partnership with Citizens Online and community based groups like the Diamond Club to provide ICT training skills.

Further information is available on www.citizensonline.org.uk and www.btconnectedcommunities.com.