SILVER surfers are dipping their toes in the world wide web for the first time thanks to volunteers at the GL Community Hub in Churchdown.
Since retired civil servant Richard Williams began rolling out free one to one sessions for the over 50s he has seen a huge surge in demand.
Richard, 65, who worked in the telecommunications industry, said it is never too late to learn about computers, and is encouraging anyone who wants a few pointers to get in touch.
“I have helped people from age 50 to someone in their 80s,” he said. “Some have a basic understanding and want to learn more, others have no knowledge whatsoever and barely know what a keyboard is.
“The lessons are very rewarding and help with isolation. It opens up a new world of contacts for many people and helps them to keep in touch with family and friends.Some people are frightened about using a computer, but there really is nothing to be scared off.”
When the free classes began in 2011, 74 lessons were handed out. That number almost trebled last year. Volunteer Richard said the most common requests are for help with Skype, Facebook, Twitter and how to use the internet.
He runs the sessions on Monday and Thursday. For Churchdown residents, the first seven lessons are free, after that people must pay a £3.50 donation to the hub, as will anyone wanting a lesson from outside the area.