THE over-50s can take advantage of a tea party teaching them how to contact their relatives through modern technology.

Charity Age UK Southampton is joining forces with digital communications company EE to run a Techy Tea Party on February 7, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Volunteers will show anyone over 50 who is not familiar with electronic devices such as tablet computers, smart phones and Internet-based services through one-to-one sessions.

Held above the EE shop on Above Bar Street, Southampton, guests can spend two hours with an EE volunteer who will teach them how to text, show them how an iPad works or help them set up an email account, over tea and biscuits.

Peter Bennie, Age UK Southampton’s chief officer, said that there are many people who could benefit from having a better understanding of how to use digital devices.

He said: “We feel this event will give people more confidence with new technology, and we are grateful to EE for providing the opportunity to hold the event with their volunteers.”

Computer drop-in classes are also held on Mondays, from 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm, at Age UK’s Community Room in Challis Court. off King Street in the city centre.

Visitors to both events must book by calling Andy Fulford on 023 8036 8636.