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Friday, 15 May 2009

Friday Guest Blog: Silver Surfers Day 2009

Anne Huscroft, author 'How to be a Global Grandparent'

Today is Silver Surfers Day 2009 and thousands of people up and down the country will be attending events and learning more about the use of IT and how it can make life easier. I’ll be at Sale Library throughout the day after Manager Nancy Murray asked if I’d be willing to help out with the training sessions. Never one to pass up an opportunity to train keen students, I jumped at the chance knowing how much IT has improved my own family’s ability to keep in touch.

When I was living in Holland with my family my father Fred, now aged 75, learned how to use the internet at a similar ‘Silver Surfer’ course in Newcastle. It opened up a new and exciting world to him; once he’d mastered emailing, he learned to search and shop online. He also regularly downloads routes to his GPS system which he uses as reference points when working as a voluntary ranger for his local
National Trust. Most importantly to us, he was able to stay in contact easily through use of email and more recently, Skype.

Without these recently acquired skills, Fred’s life wouldn’t be as exciting and interesting as it often is now.

All of this experience has fed into my book, entitled
‘How to be a Global Grandparent’ which provides practical advice and suggestions on how to cope with the move from both sides and tips on how to keep in touch with loved ones.

Alongside my co-author Peter Gosling, I’ve spent the last year speaking to people around the globe about their own experiences of keeping in touch with families abroad and the use of IT has been a massive part of that.

Becoming familiar with new technology can be a daunting experience and one of the most useful sections of the book is a series of step-by-step advice for the use of computer technology such as emails, webcams and Skype. Many of us are confused or even intimidated by this technology but it truly is a lifeline when communicating with loved ones who are far away – and of course, it opens up many other possibilities!

For details of Silver Surfers events running throughout the day,
click here.

Or come and see me at Sale Library! Sessions will be running throughout the day.
Sale Library, Sale Waterside, Sale, M33 7ZF Tel: 0161 912 3008

And remember, this is by no means your last chance to get involved, for other Silver Surfer courses call the National Learning Helpline on 0800 100 900.

Priced at £8.99 How to be a Global Grandparent (ISBN 9781904566847) is available at all good bookshops, through and, Zodiac Publishing's own website and via the book's dedicated website
Anne runs a consultancy specialising in relocation and organisation solutions for families and expats in the NW area. For more information, please visit her website:

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