• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

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Tech help for older people in South Tyneside

Older people in South Tyneside are getting help to become more tech-savvy, thanks to a new course in partnership with Tyne Tunnels operator, TT2.

TT2 has linked up with Age Concern Tyneside South (ACTS) to run a series of technology sessions to help older people with IT, including how to use the Tyne Tunnels website and register for a Blue Badge exemption, create an email address, use apps for video calls, and shop online.

Volunteers from TT2 are visiting retirement housing complex, Curran House Mews in Jarrow, to deliver the weekly class. 

Emma Whitelock, Community Development Manager from ACTS, said: “Volunteers are offering valuable one to one support to residents and are making a real difference.”  

One resident, Sylvia, who is taking part in the free sessions, said: “It’s been great.  I have learnt so many useful things and now can do my shopping online, use WhatsApp and take and store photographs, using my digital tablet.”

Chief Executive at TT2, Philip Smith, said: “We’re pleased that the technology sessions have been so well-attended and received. Keeping apace with how to operate in the online world is important for everyone, no matter what your age.”

There are already plans to carry out further sessions in other areas, including Boldon in May. 

If you would like to take part in any future technology sessions please contact ACTS by telephone on 0191 4566903, by email info@ac-ts.org.uk or by post at Dora Dixon House, 29 Beach Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2QU. 

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