Silver surfers get on the ‘net

Front: Burt Paxter, 78, Jean Aveyard, 76,'Back: Hayley Bonnington, WDH Independent Living Team Leader and Jane Gwilliam, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer.

Front: Burt Paxter, 78, Jean Aveyard, 76,'Back: Hayley Bonnington, WDH Independent Living Team Leader and Jane Gwilliam, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer.

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RESIDENTS from an independent living scheme were given the chance to surf the web at an internet taster session.

The ‘silver surfers’, from Whin View Court, Havercroft, learned about Google, e-mail, Skype and web cameras and were able to ask computer-related questions.

The session was organised by Wakefield District Housing, which operates the Whin View Independent Living Scheme.

Resident Jean Aveyard, 76, joined in with the session and was particularly pleased at learning about e-mail so she can keep in touch with her son, who lives in Thailand.

Mrs Aveyard was also shown how to use Skype so she can see her son through a web camera.

She said: “It’s great that I can now talk to my son on a more regular basis and the session has helped me explore new ways in which to do that.

“I wanted to expand on what I already know about computers and the internet so that I can do more on it. The session has been really good, it brings people together and you get to meet new people through networking.”

Mark Berry, WDH IT trainer, said “It’s a good way for elderly people to ask us things about what they can do with computers – and it gives them the chance to build on their confidence with surfing the internet.”