Opening of new computer learning centre for older people in Peel

– Posted on Wednesday 25th September 2013

Age Isle of Man, in partnership with Manx National Heritage, is pleased to announce that FREE computer sessions, for people aged over 50, are coming to Peel at the end of this month.

From Monday 30th September there will be two sessions at the House of Manannan every Monday, from 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Age Isle of Man and Manx National Heritage are keen to build on their highly successful joint venture which has seen computer lessons offered twice a week for the past 18 months in the iMuseum in Douglas (Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10.00am – 12:30pm). These have proved very popular with large numbers of people enjoying the available resources.

Age Isle of Man has for some years now provided free computer sessions in Port Erin, Ramsey and Douglas. The aim is to build the confidence that might enable the older person to use a computer to greatly benefit their own lives and to interact more with family and friends. Absolute beginners are catered for as well as those who wish to develop their expertise using their current knowledge. Age Isle of Man staff provide a wide range of learning opportunities in areas such as writing emails, social networking, on-line shopping, Skype, mobile phones, tablets, printers and using government services. Age Isle of Man staff also give advice on buying computers and resolving issues around “Windows 8” as well as tips on how to improve safety and security online.

Age Isle of Man CEO George Quayle said;

I have been delighted to see so many older people being prepared to learn how to use a computer. I have come across numerous enthusiastic users recently in their 80s and 90s who tell me that their newly acquired skills have greatly increased the quality of their lives. I hope the same will be true for older people in Peel in the near future.”

Manx National Heritage Director Edmund Southworth added;

We are very pleased to work in partnership with Age Isle of Man as they continue to expand their lifelong learning centre provision. Both the iMuseum in Douglas and the House of Manannan in Peel are well positioned at the heart of the local community, and it is fantastic to see the venues being used to provide such a vital service to older members of the community.”

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