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Age UK Leeds : helping to bridge the Digital Divide

Published on 24 September 2018 08:42 AM

Age UK Leeds, with support from Leeds City Council, will be offering a series of short courses over the next year, for over 55s who want to learn about getting online.

In a recent report by the Centre for Ageing Better, it was revealed that “Despite recent rapid increases, there are still 4.8 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. These people are at risk of being left on the wrong side of the digital divide, as more services and information move online. People in later life stand to benefit hugely from being online – to improve health and wellbeing, save money and keep in touch with family and friends.”

Age UK Leeds Silver Surfers courses are run by experienced tutors and designed with the needs of older learners in mind. All courses are taught at a gentle pace, tailored to individual needs, with no pressure or exams at the end, and there is always time to ask questions or go over things again. Equipment is provided or people can learn on their own devices.

“Teaching was very good, it went at everyone’s pace and the tutor was very patient and went over aspects we didn’t grasp at first.” Silver Surfer

Courses for 2018-19 academic year include Get to Grips with your Tablet or Smartphone, First Steps in Computing, Internet and Email and Digital Imaging.

“Definitely would recommend this course to anyone who feels left behind with their computing skills and understanding.” Silver Surfer

Courses take place at Age UK Leeds, in Leeds City Centre, and can also be delivered in local community venues by arrangement – please get in touch to enquire.

For more information, please call 0113 389 3000 or email    



References:  The digital age: new approaches to supporting people in later life get online, Centre for Ageing Better, 31 May 2018