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Students bridge the generation gap at the click of a button

Published on 28/03/18

Students from Jane Austen College are helping elderly people to cross the digital divide at a weekly IT support café.

Older people who want advice on how to use the internet, send emails, and get to grips with tablets and mobile phones can get free hands-on help from the Year 8 and 9 students in the drop-in sessions at Café Pure on St George’s Street, Norwich.

The sessions run on Wednesdays during term time from 3.30pm to 4.45pm, and form part of the college’s extracurricular electives programme.

The project is running in partnership with Age UK, with the aim of allowing students to share their knowledge with older people in a relaxed setting.

During the summer term students will be helping people to research their family trees online, and supporting Age UK’s Afternoon Social event at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on May 24.

Jane Austen’s head of technology Emily Holt said: “Our students are really enjoying giving something back to the community and sharing their impressive technical knowledge.”