Email and the internet
More and more people are using the internet and the number of older users is growing all the time. It is a huge source of information and can help you do all sorts of things such as researching something you’re interested in, shopping, booking a holiday or checking your train is on time. You can also use the Internet to send electronic mail or email which allows you to keep in touch with friends or family across the world quickly and cheaply.
Various organisations run computer classes to get you started, a good place to start is Age UK, UK Online or Leeds Central Library – see organisations and services below. There are also some online learning resources such as the Silver Surfers’ Classroom or learndirect.
If you don’t want or can’t afford to own your own computer you can use one for free at the Library, Age Concern or some local community centres or neighbourhood networks. You can also use the internet at an Internet cafe, but you usually need to pay.