Beaminster pupils recognised for successful project with older people
By Magna_Housing | Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:48
10 pupils from Beaminster School received certificates at their annual school awards ceremony for their involvement in a special project with older people.
Beaminster School pupils receive their certificates
Last year some 23 people went along to a silver surfers' taster day, organised by Magna Housing Association and Dorset Partnership for Older People Project (POPPs) at Glebe Court, Beaminster. The session was aimed at people aged 50 and over to help them find out more about computers, tablets and the internet.
Activities included basic computer skills for internet use, using Google to find things on the internet, access to music, films, TV and radio online, online shopping, personal security and safety awareness, where to access the internet and access to further information and training.
Ken Bodycombe, Magna's community investment officer, commented, 'We were really pleased to work with schools and students and link them up with older people. We got involved on the back of the government's drive to identify social exclusion.
'Elderly people often feel excluded from lots of things, simply because they don't have a computer. Sometimes this is due to fear of using something new but many are missing out. We promoted how to use Skype at these events for our resident to contact family members who live away.
'We are on a drive to get more residents online, especially with the welfare reform changes.'
Dominic Knorpel, POPP's community leader for Beaminster and Loders area, said, 'I thought these pupils from Beaminster School were a credit to themselves, their families, their school and their generation. Anything that can be done to promote interaction, understanding and solidarity between these generations is of great value.'