Elderly residents at a community centre in Armley have been introduced to the information super-highway thanks to a joint scheme led by Leeds City Council.
Infostore, through its Cities in Balance European funding, has so far provided computer equipment to 47 locations across Leeds, including Cross Grasmere community centre, which received four computers.
The scheme also provided residents with IT training, enabling them to access important lifestyle information via the internet.
Community centre residents over the age of 50 have been trained on how to use the Infostore website which provides information on a range of lifestyle issues such as care and support, health and wellbeing, money management and transport.
Local councillors Alison Lowe, Janet Harper and Jim McKenna supported the scheme by funding the installation of broadband at the centre from Mice (Member Improvement in Community and Environment) money.
Coun Lowe (Armley) said: “The internet can be just as important a tool for older people as it is for people of younger generations with a wealth of information on a broad range of important issues just a few clicks away.
“However, the means and the knowledge to access this information is often limited,” she added.
“It is, therefore, fantastic that this scheme, organised by Infostore, is providing the equipment and training for older people at locations like community centres to enable them to access the internet and information which can have a really positive impact on their lives.”
Infostore – a partnership between Leeds City Council, Leeds Older People’s Forum and NHS Leeds – has an adult social care website (www.olderpeopleleeds.info) which provides accurate, up-to-date information for people over 50 in Leeds, their friends, carers, family, and the people who work with them.
It brings together details of organisations, useful leaflets and other documents, news, events and activities within the Leeds, along with more general advice and reference information.