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Bangor Academy pupils share ICT expertise at ’ I-Tea-time’ sessions

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ITea TimeThe I-Tea-time project saw 12 keen older learners travel from as far away as Portaferry to Bangor Academy to learn about everything from on-line shopping to social media.

The scheme, which involved Bangor Academy’s Yr 11 ICT whizzes tutoring older adults, aims to bring generations together whilst enabling older participants to develop their digital and on-line skills.

The GCSE student volunteers have given up their own time after school to tutor older people on a one-to-one basis with one of Barclays ‘Digital Eagles’  - Jenny O’Neill from Barclays Bank, Bangor. After a convivial cup of tea, attention turned to I.T. and the mysteries of the internet were explored as everyone relaxed and got to know each other.

 Louise Kerr, Head of ICT Department at Bangor Academy, is full of praise for her GCSE pupils.  ‘The sessions are going really well. Everyone involved is having a good time as well as finding them worthwhile.’

Dorothy Beattie, from Age North Down and Ards has a waiting list of older people who want to take part in these sessions and we hope that the new relationship built between AgeNDA and the school will enable this valuable scheme to happen again in the future.

Lynn Johnston from Linking Generations NI said: ‘This project is a great example of how Linking Generations works. By linking organisations and institutions that work with one specific age group, generations have opportunities to come together, share skills, build their confidence and have fun. It’s a win-win for everyone. Congratulations to everyone involved for making it such a success. I am particularly impressed with the pupils of Bangor Academy who have given their free time so generously.’

With funding from GoONNI, Linking Generations Northern Ireland has teamed up with Barclays ‘Digital Eagles’, Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College and AgeNDA to deliver basic digital and on-line training for older people.

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