Go-on, come for a tasty ‘byte’!
Please excuse the trivial meanderings of the last post. The entirely altruistic foundation of the Go-on initiative in no way intends to cast aspersions on the golden-agers in our society by intimating they might be ‘goons’, but it’s a fact that many of them are intimidated by the world of technology, and fear the prospects of taking their first faltering steps into the digital age. The big question is: how to gently open the door and usher them in?
In our own little community, a few enterprising people have stepped in and commandeered the use of an existing facility to create a cyber-café, which has progressed to include a book-exchange and craft workshop. With the lure of coffee and cake, people are encouraged to come and try their hand at manipulating a mouse, opening an email account, downloading photos, signing up to Facebook, finding their house on Google Earth………or even (at a more advanced level) how to create a powerpoint show.
To see the looks of delight and excitement on the faces of some of “our students” is a reward in itself. Some of them go home and practise furiously on their newly-bought laptops, come back and ask for more tips, and find (even now) they might really be ‘wasting’ too much time on this new hobby. One lady in her 80s is excited at being able to Skype distant grandchildren, and loves being inundated by daily comments and photos on her new Facebook account. She tells me she has little time for anything else, and must get this ‘thing’ under control!
But more than anything else, Bytes Café has become another little focal point of village life, where people sit and chat to each other, share a cup of coffee, and learn some new skills in a friendly setting.