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Tech Skills for Older People

Students teaching IT skills to older people in sheltered accommodation


The Young Leaders aimed to break down social barriers between young and old people and to shorten the generational gap by teaching IT skills to those in sheltered accommodation. Additionally the Young Leaders aimed to reduce isolation by helping the older people to find new ways to stay in contact with family and friends.


65% of students at Plumstead Manor School in Greenwich come from a refugee or migrant background and they were able to integrate with older members of the community through teaching them IT skills. 7 older people, all over 80 years of age, participated in the sessions, Daniel (88) said “(it) provided basic IT training in line with my needs”. While another 15 older people came along to the sessions to talk and share food but did not participate in the IT aspect. When reflecting on the project one of the Young Leaders thought that next time it would be easier to teach on touch screens than traditional IT hardware.




older people benefitted

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