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Author: Age NI
Published on 20 September 2011 11:30 AM

itea and biscuits week is back for it’s fourth year, Monday 19 – Sunday 25 September 2011. 

Libraries throughout Northern Ireland are calling on people in later life who are interested in learning about technology such as the Internet, digital cameras, mobile phones and more to join them for a local IT taster session.

itea and biscuits week is an annual event managed and delivered by Age UK and supported by Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI.  It aims to introduce technology to people in later life. Technology is increasingly important and can offer older people numerous benefits, from using mobile phones and the Internet to keep in contact with loved ones more easily, to using digital cameras to capture those important moments in life.

At the event there will be experts on hand from Libraries NI to teach people about technology such as an introduction to computers, internet or email, for a basic first look at the world of IT. Training will take place at over 60 libraries throughout Northern Ireland and is open to everyone, with a particular emphasis on those new to technology. Booking through your local branch is essential. Refreshments will be available. 

As well as encouraging people to attend local events, this year Age NI is calling on people who already know how to use technology to pass on their knowledge to an older friend, family member or neighbour and become a Digital Champion. 

Siobhan Casey, Age NI Director of Marketing, said: “Age NI runs ‘itea and biscuits week’ to help older people try out new technology, in many cases for the first time. This year as well as encouraging older people to attend events, we are asking ordinary people who know how to use technology to become Digital Champions by passing on their knowledge of mobile phones, the Internet, ipads and anything else to older people they know. Technology really can make a difference to people’s lives, offering them independence, security, entertainment and much more, so why not help an older person you know?”

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For handy tips about helping to get older people online or for more information about itea and biscuits week visit or call 0800 169 65 65.


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