Age Concern and Barclays have joined forces to deliver IT learning opportunities to older people and their carers, as research shows a continued boom in silver surfer numbers.
Four buses adapted for wheelchair access will be kitted out with the latest IT equipment, and specialist IT training sessions known as Computer Explorers will be made available across the country.
Over 1,000 people are expected to use each bus over the next three years.
Through its community investment programme, Barclays is investing more than £600,000 into the three-year partnership as part of its Web Aware campaign.
Mobile computer equipment will also be taken into day centres, residential care homes and sheltered housing to enable frail and isolated older people to access the internet.
The move comes as research showed that the older generation is the most rapidly growing group of web users in the UK.
The number of people aged 55 and over using the internet in the UK has grown by nearly 90 per cent from last year, according to a survey from internet intelligence firm NetValue.
The UK has one of the highest percentages of silver surfers in Europe with two million older people regularly logging on to the web, representing 13 per cent of the total UK online population.
Only tech-savvy Sweden and Denmark have more, with 17.4 per cent and 16.3 per cent respectively.
Older surfers account for more than 40 per cent of online banking customers, with Egg coming top as the most popular bank among silver surfers.
"These IT opportunities will give older people a greater chance to communicate with their friends and family and give many their first opportunity to be included in the IT revolution," said Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern England.
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