Seniornett Norge is an NGO working for the inclusion of elderly people in the “e-” world: PC, Internet etc. As is the case all over Europe, the elderly people (of 55+ years) lags behind in the use of modern “e-“ tools thus causing exclusion. Seniornett Norge, through its voluntary work, seeks to counteract this sad state of affairs. Our work is supported by the Norwegian government, Microsoft (Gates Foundation), several non-profit organizations and telecom companies. We have established 130 training centers, “clubs”, all over Norway where senior citizens can go for training, take our courses, meet peers, ask questions, socialize etc. The organization has 6 full-time employees and approx. 800 volunteer workers. Our basic training philosophy is to establish a system where we “teach-the-teacher” in our training centers and then to have these trained individuals train more seniors in turn. This “pyramid” system proliferates rapidly and can thus train a large number of seniors in a relatively short time.
Clubs and members – Seniornett Norge has to date 130 local clubs all over Norway. First half of 2011 this system has trained approx. 14 000 seniors in ICT (20 000 total in 2010). The clubs and members are interested in the activity of testing out new systems and devices and have previous experience with this kind of activity both in national projects, and in European (EU) projects.
The main role: for Seniornett Norge in the project will be as representatives of the senior users. This role is two-fold: to share our experience and work with the partners of the consortium and act as a relevant testing arena and partner through our clubs and all thousands of members.