Queens Cross Housing Association got older people engaged in learning how to use the internet through researching their local history

They said: “We worked to engage older people with the internet by harnessing their interest in social history and genealogy. We sought to create small groups of people with a shared interest in history and offer them basic computing skills classes as well as specific sessions based on online geneology research.

We created a blog and had some success at asking group members to contribute to posts about their research and experiences.

The tenants particularly enjoyed learning how to watch videos online and find old photographs of Glasgow using the Mitchell Library’s online resources. A small group of tenants managed to trace their family history back to the 1700s while a larger group explored their families’ more recent history.

We established six weekly sessions for our older tenants and supported a weekly youth club at Woodside Library with local history activities.”