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News from our partners: Try out home technology at new taster sessions for older people

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News from your partners Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin

New Tech Taster sessions are being run for older people in Shrewsbury from Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Volunteers Janet Taylor and Julie Armstrong outside the Age UK STW charity furniture shop in Shrewsbury.

You can drop into Riverside Shopping Centre between 10am and 2pm to learn how to use smart gadgets to control lights at home, play music, listen to audio books and call friends and family without lifting a finger!

New found knowledge could lead to greater independence, reduce loneliness, and energy savings for users of the free service. And if you’re looking for ideas for Christmas, our sessions may just hold the answer.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin has joined forces with Shropshire Council’s assistive technology team to provide the sessions at the Age UK unit in the Riverside Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said:

“Assistive technology can really help support older people, so why not give our Tech Taster sessions a try and learn something new?

“People are living longer with complex health conditions, and technology can help older people to stay independent, live well and safe in their own homes.”

James Warman, Shropshire Council’s assistive technology and telecare co-ordinator in housing services, added:

“At the free drop-in sessions, you’ll be able to talk to ‘Alexa’, see who’s at the front door without leaving your chair, try out motion-activated lights, get to use a smart tablet, and so much more.  Volunteers will be on hand to give advice and support.”

Tech Tasters will be every Wednesday – starting Wednesday 20 November 2019 – between 10am and 2pm in the Age UK Unit in Riverside Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury.

No need to book, just turn up!