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Published Friday, 08 November 2013

A project which uses schoolchildren to teach computing skills to older residents has come second in a national award.

Intergenerational Project

Enfield Council’s Intergenerational Project came second at the Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards in London.

The project, which has been running for three years since its launch at John Jackson Library features six week courses during which over 50s learn basic computer skills, supported and encouraged by 16 year old volunteers from Kingsmead School.

The awards are sponsored by GoOn UK and ICT knowledge transfer network. There were six categories - urban networks, rural networks, mobile and other area-wide networks, open data, digital innovation and digital skills. The award was first awarded in 2008 though this is the first year the ‘Digital Skills’ Category was included.

The Library and Museum Service’s Intergenerational Project was entered into the Digital Skills category, and Enfield was the only library service to be nominated for the Award.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture Youth and Localism said “This fantastic Intergenerational Project, which sees older and younger people working together to learn IT skills is really amazing.

“I want to thank the young people from Kingsmead School who gave up their time to make this such a success, and I am proud of the hard work put in by the team on this initiative.

“I am also keen to lend my support to this popular and interesting project.”

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