New tablet for OAPs in Stevenage iPad project

Tech-savvy youngsters are being sought to help pensioners get to grips with iPads.

Around 150 young people aged between 15 and 25 are needed over the next year to help over 700 residents of Abbeyfield’s care homes, including one in Stevenage, to learn how to use the Apple tablet.

Kathyrn Edwards, Abbeyfield volunteer manager, said the charity is keen to introduce residents to technology with the Gen2Gen project.

“Young people seem to have an innate understanding of computers and in particular tablets such as the iPad and so we think they’re best placed to share their knowledge with our residents in a fun and informal setting. So far our residents have really enjoyed the social aspect of the IT mentoring.”

Charlotte Hill, chief executive of project partner UK Youth said: “Gen2Gen will enable older people to feel more comfortable in the digital age and also highlight the positive contributions that young people can make in their communities. I can’t wait to hear about some of the friendships between young and old that come about through this project.”

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