"Life before I became computer aware was quiet, now it has brought me out and made me more friends."
An inspiring example of an IT learner
Two years ago, at the age of 95, Dorothy started computer lessons.
She was anxious at first at the prospect of using a computer but is now a confident user and has mastered word processing, emailing and Skype.
"The computer helps me to learn and keeps me informed."
Dorothy has a laptop with a growing collection of family pictures sent via the Internet and is keeping her IT skills up to date at Northway Community Centre.
Welcome to Connecting Communities
The Connecting Communities IT project is an Age UK Oxfordshire initiative led by older people. Through the sharing of computer skills the project aims to help older residents become more connected to their communities and to reduce the risk of social isolation.
Teaching and learning IT
Our main focus in 2012 is supporting older volunteers to pass on their IT skills to older residents in their local area on a one to one basis.
We are finding that helping older residents to develop IT skills not only creates valuable social links within communities but can also offer new opportunities and interests for people to explore.
From summer 2012 and over the coming years, we are planning to develop and extend the project further into the local communities by including young people and other local residents through intergenerational activities.
Connecting Communities very much encourages participation from people of all languages groups and with differing needs.
Would you or someone you know like to learn how to use a computer?
Do you have IT (or other) skills to share?
Can you spare a little time to help?
For more information visit our volunteers page .