Cafe to help the older generation get online

New Internet Cafe at The Swan Hub,Buckingham.From the left,Daniel Gannaway,RLS, Matthew Rookley,RLS,Andrew Frost,PSL manager,Ros Hutt,internet cafe user and Tom Evans,Well Street United Church.'110608M-E668
New Internet Cafe at The Swan Hub,Buckingham.From the left,Daniel Gannaway,RLS, Matthew Rookley,RLS,Andrew Frost,PSL manager,Ros Hutt,internet cafe user and Tom Evans,Well Street United Church.'110608M-E668

TWO youngsters from Buckingham’s Royal Latin School are launching an internet cafe in the town on Saturday, June 25.

Daniel Gannaway and Matthew Rookley, both aged 15, responded to a plea for young people to help run a facility where older residents could learn to use the internet in a friendly environment.

The project is being overseen by Andrew Frost of Project Street Life, a charity which provides a meeting place for young people in the town.

Older members of Project Street Life now meet at the Swan Hub, which is in the former Toc H building, in Reynolds Yard, tucked away behind West Street.

And this is where the internet cafe will take place, from 9am to noon on Saturdays.

Users will get an hour’s free computer time and there will be helpers on hand at all times to assist those who lack confidence.

The idea is particularly to help older residents who may wish to communicate with family and friends but haven’t got the first clue how to email, tweet, Skype or access websites such as Facebook.

“We can offer people a proper, back-to-basics approach,” said Matthew.

“And there is the potential for group sessions using a big screen,” added Andrew.

Coffee, tea and home-made cakes will also be on sale, and it is hoped the venue will become a regular Saturday morning meeting place for local people.

Laptops for the cafe have been paid for by the Buckingham Community Pantomime, which donated more than £1,000.

The boys ran a competition at school to find a name for the internet cafe, won by 15-year-old Ben Abbott, who came up with the title Spacebar.

It will be officially opened by mayor of Buckingham Mike Smith next Saturday, and everyone is welcome to pop in between 9am and noon to have a cup of coffee and find out more.