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Author: Age NI
Published on 28 March 2013 04:00 PM

The aim of the Social Media Intergenerational Project is to educate older people about social media through one to one training with younger people.

Both older and younger people learn new skills, appreciate what they have in common, foster good relations and respect each other.

Seven taster sessions have already taken place with another four to go. After which older people's groups can apply for a grant to further their knowledge of social media in their own way and pace.

  • The courses are taking place all over Northern Ireland – The venues vary from Community Centres, Libraries, Health Trusts IT Suites.
  • Both Age NI staff and volunteers are facilitating the sessions.
  • Older people come from the Age NI networks and smaller older peoples groups
  • Younger people are coming from schools, colleges and local community centres

View the photos from sessions at Armagh, Ballymena, Bangor and Newry: opens link in new window Photos

Quotes from older attendees

“Young people take the fear out of it and make the whole process more relaxed”

“It was very enlightening. She was a patient and tolerant young lady”

Quotes from younger volunteers

“It was lots of fun; we share some of the same interests. I was really happy I could share my knowledge”

“It was good getting to know my partner and talk about other things as well as computers. It gave me much more confidence and helped me develop my communication skills”

opens link in new window View the photos

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