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Silver Surfers' Day, 15 May 2009 | 7 April 2009
This year, almost everyone in the UK can play a role in helping older people get online. Here are the ways:
1. If you want to hold an Event, you can! You just need a room, a broadband-connected computer and someone who can act as a guide/tutor to older visitors. You can be a big business, small sheltered lounge, big Bingo Hall, small pub, big library, small museum - we've even had outdoor events on open water and in allotments. You can even invite your Mum or Grandparent to tea and surfing. It all counts! All the planning support is here.
2. Already convinced that you should hold an Event? You most definitely need to register it, however large or small (you get a certificate if you do and we can count you so we know who's done what).
3. You may need to publicise your Event to the locality. The new SSD09 Media Guide includes everything you need: Images, logos, poster, advice document.
4. You may need tutoring guides or self-help Guides. Look for the Learning Mini-Guides (60+ of them, for beginners and bloggers, novices and tutors, mouse-tamers and twitterers).
5. Know someone who's looking for an SSD Event to attend?
From beginning of May, they can ring National Learning Helpline on Freephone 0800 100 900 to look for Events by county. To make sure there will be an event locally, anyone can lobby their local school, library, Age Concern, community centre, lunch club, Ukonline Centre to lay on a taster event. Offer to help, with anything from publicity, to teas, if you can. The best thing you can do is direct them here.