Silver Surfers' Day aims to teach computer skillsOlder people targeted in UK online training day

20 May 2010

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Tomorrow (21 May) marks the ninth annual Silver Surfers' day, which is designed to attract older people to the internet.

The aim of Silver Surfers' day is to promote the use of digital technologies by older people via a series of coordinated events around the UK.

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Find a Silver Surfer Day event near you

Digital Unite, which organises the event with support from Ofcom, believes that over 1,500 events will be held tomorrow. The Silver Surfer website has a searchable event database online so consumers can find a local event near them.

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What to expect from Silver Surfers’ Day

On Silver Surfers' Day the over-50s who have little experience of technology will be able to attend a series of ‘hands-on’ sessions at UK Online Centres, libraries, Age Concern branches, voluntary organisations, community centres, schools and many other venues.

Aimed at the total novice, the sessions will give people a gentle introduction to using a computer and a taste of what the online world has to offer, such as how to send emails, scan a photograph, place an order online or download and listen to music.

The sessions will also advise people on how to . Many of the Silver Surfers' events will use a dedicated website called 'On The Day' which aims to present online skills in a relevant way to older people.

Sir Terry Wogan is the official ambassador for Silver Surfers Day, which is also being supported by Dame Vera Lynn. Wogan appeared on BBC Breakfast last week to promote the event.

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