The Silver Surfers is a project created by Lesmahagow Development Trust to deliver basic computer training to residents of Lesmahagow. LDT have been accredited by the British Computer Society to deliver these courses and the first class we delivered was Computer and Online Basics; an 8 week course targeted at those who have no prior knowledge of computing. Due to the high demand for this course, we have now repeated it a number of times and it has always had a high uptake.
We hope to supplement the Basics Course with a Follow On, taking the graduates of the basic course to the next level and an ECDL Course. ECDL is recognised by employers throughout Europe and is aimed at those who have maybe taken a career break but want to have the necessary computer skills in place to get back into the job market. An internet connection from home is required for this course. For anyone interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Silver Surfers Project was run in partnership with RVS until the RVS Office was closed in early 2017. This left us without a venue and tutor and so the courses have been put on hold. It is hoped that they can be resurrected later in 2017 when they will be held in the Lesmahagow Development Trust office.
We also hope to introduce classes in Ebay, online banking and social media which have already been requested and, for those who do not have internet access we will be also offering bookable 30
minute appointments for them to have help in using the internet for specific purposes. This could be for something like downloading recipes that have been on TV or for booking a holiday or buying
The laptops and equipment used for these courses and services were funded by a Comic Relief grant.