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Institute Partners with Age Action Ireland For ‘Getting Started’

07/03/2017

The library service at Institute of Technology Carlow has joined forces with Age Action Ireland to deliver the Getting Started Computer Training programme for local people over the age of 55 years.

The Getting Started Computer Training programme aims to address the issue of digital exclusion amongst older citizens by offering computer classes on a one to one basis, thus introducing older learners to computers in a relaxed and fun way. The programme is delivered as a two-hour lesson over five weeks and each learner is assigned their own personal tutor. Tutor volunteers at the Institute comprise both staff and students.

The initiative differs from other computer training schemes as the learner is not under pressure to keep up with the rest of the class and can set the pace and return to topics already covered. Classes are purposely small and volunteer tutors work one-to-one with students.   For beginners, the basic objective is to make students comfortable with email and the internet.

Since 2006, Age Action has trained over 27,000 older people in 12 counties with the assistance of thousands of volunteer tutors. The training takes place in small classes groups and runs in libraries, community centres, family resource centres, corporate offices, and housing complexes for older people.

For further details contact Rónán Lynch at the library at Institute of Technology Carlow or Age Action Ireland.