Lichfield schoolgirl turns teacher to help older people learn computer skills

A Lichfield schoolgirl has become a teacher to help older people learn computer skills.

Olivia Silk, 14, has been passing on tips to the Whittington Community Computer Group, which meets at St Giles Hospice.

The King Edward VI School student became involved as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Fred Wright with Olivia Silk

Fred Wright with Olivia Silk

Olivia said: “It’s been a great experience, particularly working with a different age group.

“It’s been good to pass on my knowledge, but I’ve also learnt a lot from the group too – it’s made me realise the benefit a group like this has to the local community.

“I would definitely recommend volunteering to others. I’ve got such a lot out of it and it’s been really interesting learning more about the hospice.”

Wendy Gilbert set the group up two and a half years ago to help make its members more computer savvy and safe online, while also having fun.

And she said their young teacher had been a popular addition: “Olivia has been a real benefit to the group.

“She’s been lovely to work with, has been courteous, shown real maturity and been very patient with us.

“She’s also spoilt us by bringing in cakes!”

The group some to give members more confidence using tablets and computers, as well as providing a chance to socialise.

Fred Wright, 90, said: “I really enjoy coming to the hospice and spending time learning with the group. It gets me out of the house and gives me a real interest.

“Like the rest of the group, Olivia has been really helpful – I’m a beginner so need all the help I can get. I’ve got a computer at home, but I only got a tablet two weeks ago and I’m learning all the time.”

The Whittington Community Computer Group meets every Thursday at St Giles Hospice in Whittington between 1pm and 3pm. For more information about how to get involved with the group, or to take part, call 01543 301690.

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