Silver City Surfers

Charity registered in Scotland SC041496

Silver City Surfers is a local charity which aims to help older people with modern technology for those aged over 55 within the City of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. We provide free tutoring and support on all forms of modern technology (e.g. laptops, iPads & other tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, etc) through mentoring and one-to-one support sessions provided by experienced volunteers.

With more and more businesses and organisations going completely digital, the need for a safe, welcoming space to learn digital skills is needed more than ever and we are here for the people who need us most.

Current opportunities

We are looking for people with the ability and drive to help people aged over 55 learn basic computer skills. This can include aspects such as: -What's an email? -I don't have an email address -What's an attachment? -I don't have a computer -Where will I find a computer? -Even although I found a computer, I wouldn't know how to use it -How to use/search the internet Silver City Surfers undertake sessions and have volunteering opportunities at any of the following times and venues: -every Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.00am-1.00pm at the Citadel, Castlegate. -every Monday 11.00am-1.00pm Seaton STAR Flat, Seaton Drive. -every Thursday 11.00am-1.00pm, Cummings Park Community Flat, 122 Cummings Park Drive AB16 7BB -Every Monday (apart from the 2nd Monday) of the Month we are in Michies’ Union Street Coffee Shop where they are providing free tea/coffee and a biscuit for our participants as well. A great opportunity to help and make a positive difference. For further details please contact us at email: or web.:

Silver City Surfers assist people 55 years and over to learn basic computer skills 1-to-1 in a social setting. We have a brilliant team of volunteers that help and are currently recruiting new volunteers. There are a range of opportunities available such as Computer Tutor Volunteers to assist people learn basic computer skills, Hospitality Volunteers to make sure that people feel welcomed, have someone to chat to and who will make them a tea/coffee whilst they wait to get on to a computer or have a break from the computer and Admin. Volunteers to come in and help file, collate and enter details of numbers of attendees, and print off forms that are needed for the smooth running of sessions. A great opportunity to help and make a positive difference in a friendly and supportive place. For further details please contact us at email: or web.:

Could you support an older person struggling online? Aberdeen charity Silver City Surfers are looking for additional volunteers as they work to support more and more older people who are being left behind. A recent study by the charity Age UK warns "legions of older people are not able to do ordinary things like book a medical appointment, organise a blue badge for their car, or pay to park it" due to the "rush" to move services online. Silver City Surfers Coordinator Nelly Jaka comments further- “About 50% of our learners come to us for help because they are unable to access essential services such as GP appointments, paying utility bills, and getting access to benefit payments. The alarming speed of moving services online is excluding older people and leaving them in a vulnerable position”. Learner Graeme Findlay who recently attended one of the charity’s drop-in sessions says “You are very disadvantaged now if you can't use a laptop or other device”. Interested in volunteering with Silver City Surfers? Please email: or telephone: 07799 371329