S@vvyfolk is a community training network that supports and motivates people to enjoy and use technology in their everyday lives. Join in the fun and learn how to do everything from simple word-processing to sending emails, searching the internet, using your smartphone, digital photography and much more. In small, friendly and stress-free classes, you'll gain the skills and confidence you need to get the most out of every day technology
Did you ever try to teach your kids or your partner to drive a car? For a few the experience was great, for most of us... not so great, the frustration and stress meant it was a lot easier and less painful to pay for them to go to a driving instructor. In a similar way, though the age factor is reversed, getting your kids to show you how to use technology seems, mission impossible for both parties. The "grownups" can't fathom the logic of the young "whippersnappers" and they in turn give up after the third demonstration (if you're lucky) and neither are the wiser, alternatively, they 'do it for you' but at such a speed that you haven't a clue what just happened - all well and good until you need to do it yourself!
Does this sound like how things have been for you when wanting to learn how to use a computer, the internet, your mobile phone and understand mysteries and the jargon? Being guided by someone of your own age in such matters is a proven success. "The kids can teach each other or teach themselves through trial and error". Grownups teaching each other techy things, using their own language at their own pace has worked extremely well in other countries and it's about to work well throughout the UK.
Grant Sidaway, at S@vvyfolk, has 25 years' experience in developing learning centres for older people to learn technology from one another. "It's a straight forward concept, people with the knowledge and understanding volunteering their time to help others grasp technology - it's the neighbourly thing to do says Grant" Whilst one on one learning is best it's not always practical, the next best thing is small groups, generally no more than six people with two volunteer tutors working on a single topic in two-hour time slots with a cuppa at halftime.
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