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Older people to receive greater computer access

7th June 2006

A new initiative has been set up in London to give greater computer access to London's older citizens, potentially opening up a host of benefits to them in the process.

In a partnership instigated by Age Concern London, the mayor of London and computer recycling company Maxitech, older citizens will be given computers, with some computers kept at Age Concern centres in the capital.

The computers will be donated by London's businesses following a campaign by the mayor.

Age Concern's London chief executive Samantha Mauger said that computers might give older people the opportunity to "communicate with friends and relatives, develop new interests".

"This will make such a difference to the lives of many older people who find it hard to get out due to illness, disability or mobility problems and find every day tasks such as shopping, banking and even socialising difficult."

The move follows Age Concern's recent Silver Surfer week which took place last month, which was also designed to enable older people to enhance their IT skills.