IT classes provide lifelineA weekly IT class held at Brookside Community Centre in Telford is proving to be really popular with local residents.

The drop in session, which was first set up by Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin 18 months ago, gives older people the chance to learn basic IT skills when using a computer or a tablet. They can bring their own devices along or use the IT equipment available in the community centre.

For those people attending the IT class, it is also an opportunity to meet up and socialise each week. There is an experienced tutor leading the session and Diane Douglas, Wellbeing & friendship Coordinator from Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin pops in most weeks to see how everyone is getting on.

Diane said: 'The IT class is very relaxed, with tutor Pam Bridger and two other volunteers on hand to guide people through the wonderful world of the web.

'This service is a lifeline for some of those attending. Pam brings a very practical level to the class, teaching people how to do online shopping as well as sending and receiving emails. For those who want to know more about social media, they will be shown what a useful tool it can be to keep in touch with family and friends more frequently.'

The IT class is a drop in session from 3.00-5.00pm every Wednesday and costs £4.00, which includes tea/coffee and a biscuit or cake.

If you would like to know more about the IT classes in Telford, either to come along or to help out as a volunteer, please call Diane on 01952 201 803.

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