Bolton waltzes into the digital age 

01/07/09

Bolton’s older generation will be making a song and dance about computers, in an exciting new project that combines dancing with a chance to get online.

Bolton Council’s Playing for Success team uses sport and physical activity to improve skills and heighten educational attainment – which has led to the mix of dancing and computing at a series of events named Dancing on ICT.

As well as improving dance moves, Dancing on ICT will allow people to surf the internet, chat on the web, discover social networking and digital photo editing, and make multimedia presentations.

The sessions will be take place at two venues, in partnership with Bolton Wanderers Football in the Community team. The first group will be based at the Octagon Theatre from June 23.

There will be a chance to write scripts, take part in dance workshops, sing and perform a football-themed piece of theatre, with help from a former Wanderers player. At the same time the group will develop their computing skills by producing flyers, tickets and a promotional DVD to showcase their work.

The other group will be based at Leverhulme Park Community Centre from June 30. After taking part in dancing sessions the group will learn a range of ICT skills.

Both groups will visit the Reebok stadium during the eight-week course for Singing in the Stadium, where they will compose a song using the latest technology.

The course will end with a final celebratory performance where the groups will showcase their skills at the Reebok stadium to friends and families.

Although Dancing on ICT is aimed at anyone over 55 years old in Bolton, young people will act as computing tutors – and will be able to pick up some dancing tips.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services said: “It is estimated that around 10 million over 50’s throughout the UK lack good computing skills, so this project aims to encourage older people to get online and gain access to the digital world.

“This is great way to learn new skills for those who may lack confidence with ICT equipment, as well as a chance to have fun trying new and creative activities. With the two different groups there will be something for all tastes.”

The project is linked to Bolton’s Find Your Talent pathfinder activity and is funded by Communicating for Success, a national partnership between BT and the Football Foundation.

For more information or to find out how you can join in, please call Janet Rhodes on 01204 669911.

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