How to get down and Get Digital

Elderly members of Leeds' Jewish community have been showing they are tech-savvy and know their iPad from their iPod after a Government-funded technology training course.

Leeds Jewish Housing Association won a £3,000 grant to train residents of its sheltered housing through the Government scheme Get Digital. It paid for computer equipment and two staff members of Leeds Jewish youth club the Zone to train as IT tutors. The aim is to train youngsters to teach computing to older members of the community.

This week 14 people between the ages of 80 and 90 finished the course.

LJHA's Craig Simons said he was amazed by the trainees. "One fellow brought his own iPad along. Another was downloading videos from YouTube to Facebook, while others used Skype to speak to their children abroad. It shows we still make assumptions about what old people can do and more often than not we're wrong."

    Last updated: 1:43pm, March 31 2011