“EVERYTHING is done online these days, it is so confusing for older people now and we want to help them.”

Those are the words of Mandy Porter, who is setting up a computer club with her friend, Moreen Clayton for people aged 50 and over in Highbridge.

The new computer club will be led by a tech guru who will teach visitors how to use their devices to complete basic tasks including composing and sending emails, adding dates to their calendars and browsing the internet.

Mandy Porter, who spearheaded the project, said more than 10 people have already signed up to take part and she hopes the club will help elderly residents to be more confident with technology.

She said: “Older people want to learn how to use modern technology and I think this club will be a great way to teach them.

“I have had lots of people get in touch with me who want to get involved and that is really positive.

“All people have to do is bring their devices and our tech guru can help them to learn how to do the things they want to whether that is paying bills or surfing the internet.

“The idea for the club came about because I was chatting to Moreen one day and she said that she finds it difficult to do things online as she doesn’t know what to do.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to do something for the community so we decided to set the club up.”

Mandy said a number of elderly people have told her they have been badly affected since Highbridge library closed in December 2018 and she hopes the club will help them to stay in touch with society.

She said: “There is no library in Highbridge at the moment and there is no access to the internet there for them.

“Everything is done online these days, it is so confusing for older people now and we want to help them.

“Older people may not have families to teach them about these things.

“I like to think that they will leave our computer club feeling more confident about technology and it will change their lives.”

The club’s first meeting will be at the Morland Hall in Highbridge on Monday, March 11 from 10am until noon.

Entry costs £1 per person and participants are asked to bring their devices fully charged with them to the session.

For more information about the club or to book your place call Mandy Porter on 07918051689 or pop into the Morland Hall.