Ballymoney youth helping 'Silver Surfers'
Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016
Young people in the Ballymoney area have been helping their older neighbours become ‘silver surfers’ by participating in a weekly computer class.
Up to 12 people per week attend the class which is helping to upskill local residents and build inter-generational relationships.
Castle Community Association is behind the initiative which is being supported by us,
Dessie Hanna from the group said:
“Thanks to the Housing Executive’s support we have set up a weekly computer class which brings older and young people together. So far, the class has been a big success and is full every week.
“We have had various computer classes in the past which have benefitted the older members of the community but most do not feel confident in their abilities and they asked for additional help with tasks such as sending emails and using the internet.
“All the young people who attend the youth club are adept at using computers and ideally suited to help out in the classes.”
Our Housing Manager for the area, Pamela Mullan, said:
“We were delighted to fund the purchase of four laptops which helped to get this initiative off the ground. Nowadays it’s important for everyone to have computer skills and bringing generations together to share knowledge is a good way to strengthen community relations.”