Posted on Thursday 12 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Guess who’s signed up first for Silver Surfers’ Day?

Guess who’s signed up first for Silver Surfers’ Day? Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to help seniors like May experience the wonderful world of the internet.

Getting online for the over 50s is not always smooth sailing and a helping hand can make all the difference. If you think you could spare a few hours to help seniors like May get online, then get in touch and register for Silver Surfers’ Day.

Taking place on 18 May at various locations across Northern Ireland, Silver Surfers’ Day is all about helping seniors to get online.

Organised by Business in the Community in partnership with the Department of Finance and Personnel and Libraries NI, business volunteers will be on hand to help and provide invaluable advice to those wishing to get to grips with technology and surf the internet with FREE training.

Sammy Wilson said: “I would encourage everyone over 50 to book their place and come along and join in the fun on Friday 18 May.

“My department has been running this event for seven years now, helping Silver Surfers to set up an e-mail account, send e-mails, bank online, access government services through the nidirect website, shop and much, much more. We want to get as many people as possible online and this event is a really effective way of engaging and encouraging those who may feel less comfortable using the internet.

Silver Surfers’ Day is part of our ‘Go ON NI’ campaign which focuses on encouraging as many people as possible to go online, addressing any barriers, promoting the benefits of accessing the Internet, and seeing the convenience of online public services.”

“We’ve had a fantastic response from business volunteers for Silver Surfers Day but there are still locations that need volunteers, “ explains Hilary Hanberry, Business in the Community. “I would urge anyone interested to take time out to share their skills on the internet with someone who has yet to experience this wonderful technology.”

Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI, adds: “A record number of almost 70 libraries across Northern Ireland will be taking part by hosting free IT sessions on the day. Our facilities are free, not only on Silver Surfers’ Day but at any time of the year.”

Mrs Henry, a Silver Surfer from Belfast relates her experience from last year: “My grandson and his family live in America and I miss seeing my great-grandchildren. Going to the library last year, I found out how to send them an email and now my granddaughter is helping me learn how to Skype them.’

To register to volunteer for Silver Surfers’ Day, click online at or call Hilary Hanberry on (028) 9046 0606.

To book a Silver Surfers’ session contact your local library.
For details of all libraries participating in Silver Surfers’ Day 2012, go to


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