‘Silver Surfers’ urged to get online

NEWTOWNABBEY’S over 50s are being urged to attend their local library for Silver Surfers’ Day on Friday, May 18.

Organised by Business in the Community in partnership with the Department of Finance and Personnel and Libraries NI, business volunteers will be on hand to help and provide invaluable advice to those wishing to get to grips with technology and surf the internet with free training.

Encouraging people to take part in the initiative, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson said: “My department has been running this event for seven years now, helping Silver Surfers to set up an email account, send emails, bank online, access government services through the nidirect website, shop and much, much more. We want to get as many people as possible online and this event is a really effective way of engaging and encouraging those who may feel less comfortable using the internet.”

Hilary Hanberry from Business in the Community added: “Hundreds of Silver Surfers have already booked their sessions but we have some more places available. I would urge anyone interested to get in contact with their library right away to avoid disappointment.”

Irene Knox, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, revealed that almost 70 libraries across Northern Ireland will be taking part in Silver Surfers’ Day by hosting free IT sessions.

To book a Silver Surfers’ session contact your local library or log on to www.librariesni.org.uk

For more information log on to www.silversurfersni.org.uk or telephone Hilary Hanberry on 9046 0606.