Students from a local primary school have been teaching older people to use iPads and the internet as part of a new intergenerational scheme run buy Retirement LIFE and Castleton Primary School.
Six children have been working with residents at Phil May Court Retirement LIFE complex, helping them to understand the benefits of being online and developing their digital skills. The children were more than happy to show the tenants how easy it is to use an iPad and soon had the tenants (and staff) looking up items of interest.
The students covered a range of topics including how Leeds looked in the past and the impact of deforestation on climate change. The session finished off with a quiz which involved tenants looking for the answers on the internet.
Feedback from tenants was overwhelmingly positive. Bob said that he found the session much easier that he thought it would be; his previous experience had been on a laptop and found the iPads great fun. David enjoyed the session so much that he borrowed an iPad to do some homework overnight. Gladys was just amazed at the size of it and how easy it was to use.
This project forms part of ongoing partnership between Retirement LIFE and 100% Digital Leeds aiming to support older tenants to understand the benefits of digital and develop their digital skills. Read about the wider Retirement LIFE project.