A Helping Hand to expand reach of its classes for elderly

Mobile IT lessons to cover whole of SE England

A mobile IT tuition firm is expanding its reach to offer wannabe silver surfers across the South East the chance to learn basic computer skills in their own homes.

A Helping Hand currently offers lessons for mature computer novices in London, Surrey and Kent, but says it will cover the whole of the South East of England within the next three months.

The course involves eight one-hour lessons for beginners with a fully-qualified tutor. The first two sessions involve controlling the computer, keyboard skills and using a mouse. The following two lessons cover word processing, while sessions five and six are dedicated to the internet and emailing. Lesson seven teaches about folders, using a webcam and Skype, while the final session acts as a refresher and re-run of the previous classes.

Rob Richman set up A Helping Hand in 2009, after teaching his own parents and grandparents how to use a PC and the internet. “It made me realise that the wealth of information and communication on offer should be accessible to all age groups,” he said. “Helping my grandmother to see and speak to her great grandchildren who live abroad was truly inspiring.”

The firm, which works alongside Age UK’s Digital Inclusion Campaign has recently won some financing from UnLtd, funded by The Millennium Awards.

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