A programme to help reduce isolation among older people in Northumberland has been launched by the Duchess of Northumberland.
Newcastle department store Fenwick has donated 25 iPads to the Elderberries programme at The Alnwick Garden. Elderberries’ “Seeds of Learning” courses will teach older people how to get the most from the internet and mobile devices.
The six-week course – delivered by Northumberland College and held at The Alnwick Garden – will cover the basics such as security, online shopping and keeping in touch with loved ones through social networks such as Facebook. The Duchess of Northumberland said: “Elderberries is all about tackling loneliness and isolation and promoting the health and wellbeing of the ageing population.
“Through our Seeds of Learning programme of classes and courses, we are able to engage many individuals who would otherwise be unable to access education about the internet.” Fenwick’s managing director Adam Fenwick said: “We are delighted to support the Elderberries programme, which is carrying out ground-breaking work in the local Alnwick community.
“Via our charitable donations we always strive to help disadvantaged sections of the community.”