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Author: Business in the Community
Published on 11 May 2012 05:00 PM

Friday 18 May is Silver Surfers’ Day. Over-50s are being invited to get to grips with technology and surf the internet with free training at their local libraries and other venues throughout Northern Ireland.

Organised by Business in the Community in partnership with the Department of Finance and Personnel and Libraries NI, business volunteers will be on hand to help and provide invaluable advice to those wishing to get to grips with technology and surf the internet with free training. This event is a really effective way of engaging and encouraging those who may feel less comfortable using the internet. Simply contact your local library and book your place today!

Hundreds of business volunteers will be available to deliver fun taster sessions on the internet, e-mail, online banking, shopping and much, much more. The event, now in its eighth year, is supported by the Department of Finance and Personnel.

Hilary Hanberry, Business in the Community explains: “There’s still time to book a place, but I’d urge anyone interested to get in contact with their library right away to avoid disappointment. It’s a lot of fun, learning with others in a friendly, informative atmosphere.”

Sammy Wilson said: “I would encourage everyone over 50 to book their place and come along and join in the fun on Friday 18 May. “My department has been running this event for seven years now, helping Silver Surfers to set up an e-mail account, send e-mails, bank online, access government services through the nidirect website, shop and much, much more. We want to get as many people as possible online and this event is a really effective way of engaging and encouraging those who may feel less comfortable using the internet.

Silver Surfers’ Day is part of our ‘Go ON NI’ campaign which focuses on encouraging as many people as possible to go online, addressing any barriers, promoting the benefits of accessing the Internet, and seeing the convenience of online public services.”

Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI, adds: “For many years, libraries have been involved in Silver Surfers’ Day and this year, Libraries NI is delighted that a record number of 58 libraries across Northern Ireland will be taking part by hosting free IT sessions. Silver Surfers’ Day aims to take the fear of computers away from older people and with free internet and computer use for all library members, local libraries are keen to invite you to use their facilities for free, not only on Silver Surfers’ Day but at any time of the year .”

To book a Silver Surfers’ session contact your local library:

Download Silver Surfers Day programme

Visit www.ni-libraries.net/libraries

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575