Norfolk churches help pensioners surf the net
2011: Pensioners as old as 90 are queuing up to embrace the potential of the internet – thanks to a pioneering computer club set up by churches in a Norfolk village.
While some have found it the key to catching up with friends and relatives all over the world, one is even using his new skills to write a journal of his wartime experiences as a pilot.
Retired teacher Ros Cordiner, 64, has led the club in St Catherine’s church rooms, Ludham, near Great Yarmouth, since village churches set it up three years ago with the help of a National Lottery grant.
She said: “We thought there would be a need out there to help older people communicate with their families and take advantage of online discounts and internet shopping, but I am still amazed by the response.
“So far, more than 300 people have come to our sessions on Mondays and Thursdays. When we started up again after the summer I thought interest might have waned but my phone has never stopped ringing and we have a waiting list again.”
Computer club member Daphne Burton with volunteer tutor Christina Pope. Picture courtesy of EDP.