The Web Wise Project aims to help people over the age of fifty to get benefits from using the internet that younger people take for granted. Eleven million people in the UK do not use the internet, yet often services and goods are most easily, and cheaply, available on line. Older people, who do not use the internet, are increasingly at risk of being excluded from what are becoming “normal” life opportunities and activities.
Web Wise is provided by Age UK Warwickshire, in conjunction with Stratford District Citizen’s Advice Bureau. We organise courses in local venues, like village halls and libraries, within Stratford District. Each course lasts six weeks, with one two-hour lesson each week. The project is funded by Comic Relief. We also work in partnership with Orbit Housing, Heart of England.
Web Wise courses are free.
Our courses cover the basic functions of the internet, including the World Wide Web, email and Skype (video calling), banking, shopping, and searching for information. There is a particular emphasis on helping learners to save money, and to manage finances more effectively, by using services on the internet. You may bring you own laptop or tablet computers, or you can use one of ours. John Sawyer, the Project Co-ordinator, leads the courses and, where possible, there will also be Web Wise volunteers, who can give one to one support. We try to tailor the course to individual needs, and to this end each learner is invited to do a self-assessment prior to starting the course.
Our next courses are:
Brailes Village Hall. Tuesday mornings, starting on 2nd February; NOW FULL
Blackwell Village Hall, Tuesday afternoons, starting on 9th February; NOW FULL
Bishops Itchington Community Centre, Wednesday afternoons, starting on 10th February;NOW FULL
Claverdon Church Centre, Thursday afternoons, starting 4th February.
Lighthorne Heath Village Hall, Monday afternoons, starting 8th February
Southam Grange Hall, Monday afternoons, starting 4th April
Studley Village Hall, Tuesday mornings, starting 29 March
If you would like to attend a course near you, contact:John Sawyer on 07881 812943, or firstname.lastname@example.org or write to John Sawyer, Age UK Warwickshire, 8 Clemens Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 2DL