Never too old to get online

3011055 SSFF digital champ 'L - R: Mary Walls, Barbara Linton showing age is no barrier to learning new technology - at Templehall Library, Kirkcaldy
3011055 SSFF digital champ 'L - R: Mary Walls, Barbara Linton showing age is no barrier to learning new technology - at Templehall Library, Kirkcaldy
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two Kirkcaldy women are proving that age is no obstacle when it comes to computers.

Mary Walls and Barbara Linton are just two of a team of digital champions working with Digital Fife to help the Kingdom’s communities use technology to support their work.

Mary (73), is a very active member of the Templehall community and through her knowledge of technology she has been helping the committees and organisations she is involved in.

She explained: “It was about five or six years ago when I first got involved in Digital Fife. I was on about five different committees and wanted to raise funds by using photographs to show what we do and give feedback.

Retired

“I had never touched a computer until the year I retired. I thought if kids can do it so can I, and I can, it just might take a little longer.

“I had done a basic course in computing, but I didn’t know anything about using digital photographs, that’s where Digital Fife helped.

“It’s not so much benefiting me, but benefiting the committees I’m involved in and the community.”

After her initial success in setting up pages on the Digital Fife websites for the committees, Mary was able to raise their profiles and help with fundraising.

She then went on to become a Digital Champion, helping other community groups in the local area.

“I would recommend anyone to have a look at the free modules on Digital Fife - these helped me a lot with digital photography, getting online and searching the internet,” she told the Press.

Tea dances

“I am proud of the videos we have taken of the tea dances we have run and have had great fun showing these around the care homes.”

Barbara Linton has been a Digital Champion with Digital Fife for the last eight years.

She first got involved because she saw a website as a way to promote the work of charity, Fife Headway, which supports those who have had a head injury.

Over the years, she has supported many other groups and individuals through her role as a Digital Champion.

Barbara said: “I have learned many new skills since being involved and have got a lot of satisfaction from helping others to get online.”