Friday 27th April 2012
Buildings ranging from the Victoria and Albert Museum to a fish and chip shop in Stockport have opened their doors to help older people get online.
Venues across the UK have taken part in Digital Unite's Spring Online campaign, which aims to get older and less confident people using the internet.
Almost 2,000 Spring Online events have been held across the country this week in schools, libraries, sheltered housing schemes, the European Commission, and the DVLA.
Events have also taken place at a cowshed in Lancashire and a fish and chip shop in Stockport.
Charity Digital Unite, which aims to advance the education of the public in the use of digital technology, says that seven million over 55s have never used the internet.
Emma Solomon, managing director of Digital Unite, said: "Access to computers and the internet can enhance people's health and wellbeing and open up whole new worlds. Often, all people need is someone to get them started, show them the basics and make it fun. Holding a Spring Online session can really help."
UK digital champion, Martha Lane Fox, said: "Saving money, keeping in touch and reducing feelings of isolation are just a few examples of how the internet can change lives for the better.
"Fantastic initiatives like Spring Online play a vital role in highlighting these benefits and helping us achieve the ambition of creating a truly networked UK."
Spring Online with Silver Surfers' Day is delivered by Digital Unite in partnership with UK Online Centres and Race Online 2012 and is supported by major Government departments.