John knew nothing about computers until very recently. But at the spritely age of 91, he drives himself every week to attend his adult learning class and has progressed rapidly from not even knowing how to plug his laptop in to using digital photography.
“John is an inspiration in the learning group of over-60s participants: a living, breathing example of someone committed to learning, and not letting age or knowledge be a barrier to ‘Getting Digital’,” says Iona Gibbons, Community Learning Development Worker with Bath and North East Somerset County Council.
For John, the benefits of lifelong learning are clear. “I want to remain active in myself for my own health but also access all the information that is on computers, to benefit from community opportunities and to meet other people who are in the same boat as me. I see my computer learning as now firmly part of my life and can share what I learn with my family and show them what I can do.”