Elderly Northampton man no longer “frightened” by technology after attending council’s computer advice session

Joseph Wright, aged 80, with the Digital Eagles at the One Stop Shop
Joseph Wright, aged 80, with the Digital Eagles at the One Stop Shop
  • Drop-in sessions helped 80-year-old to use his computer
  • Joseph Wright now using Twitter, Facebook, email and Skype
  • People taking part can take City and Guilds qualification

A 80-year-old man who found technology “quite frightening” has been taught how to email and use social networking sites after attending a drop-in computer advice session at the Guildhall.

Eighty-year-old Joseph Wright recently attended one of the sessions organised by Northampton Borough Council in conjunction with Barclays Digital Eagles and received advice from their jargon-free trainers.

Mr Wright is now able to use email, Twitter, Facebook and is now planning on using his new skills to make Skype calls with relatives in America and Australia.

Mr Wright, who lives on the outskirts of Northampton, said: “I spotted an article in the Chronicle & Echo about the free sessions and thought I would pop in to the One Stop Shop after doing my shopping in town. I bought a tablet four months ago but I didn’t really know how to use it other than just looking up words on the internet.

“Technology is changing society – I find it quite frightening but we’ve all got to do it. They’ve helped me get an email address, join Facebook and Twitter, find out how to use Skype and watch the BBC iPlayer. The people who helped me were absolutely perfect and I would recommend to others to come along and find out for themselves.”

Since attending the session, Mr Wright said: “I’ve been using my tablet so much that it ran out of battery last night!”

He now plans to attend a further in-depth training session at The Guildhall in October to continue learning new skills.

The drop-in sessions in the One Stop Shop will be available from 9am until 4pm, Monday to Friday during the weeks commencing 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

In-depth classroom training can also be arranged on request on Thursday 27 August, Thursday 1 October or Thursday 29 October. Sessions will be available from 10am-noon, 3-5pm and 6-7pm each day and will take place in the IT training room at The Guildhall.

People taking part in the training have the option to take a City & Guilds Digital Driving Licence qualification. To express interest call 0300 330 7000 or email enquiries@northampton.gov.uk