Engaging seniors in the digital age

30/4/2015

O’Connor seniors will continue to have free access to computers and internet training to ensure they are not left behind in the digital age, thanks to a $1.3 million Abbott Government investment.

The Abbott Government has invested $1.3 million to assist more than 97,000 older Australians continue building their digital skills under the Broadband for Seniors programme.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said older people would be able to learn important online skills including how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media to stay in touch with friends and family.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to build confidence and skills using the computer and the internet,” Mr Wilson said.

“This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring older people in regional WA don’t get left behind in the digital age.”

Mr Wilson said there were around 1600 Broadband for Seniors kiosks across Australia, set-up in locations including Albany, Bridgetown, Esperance, Eastern Goldfields, Katanning, Manjimup, Pemberton, Walpole, Tambellup, Wickepin and Bremer Bay.

“Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one or small group training covering topics such as how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media in a supportive and welcoming environment,” Mr Wilson said.

“Broadband for Seniors provides support to help older Australians feel confident using technology.”

Broadband for Seniors kiosks will continue to have access to training tools and resources to support their volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one or small group training for seniors.

There are Broadband for Seniors kiosks in the following locations:
• Albany Community Care Centre (WA) Inc
• Albany Worklink Incorporated
• Bremer Bay Community Resource Centre Inc
• Bridgetown Community Resource Centre Incorporated
• Bruce Rock Community Resource Centre Inc
• Corrigan Community Resource Centre
• Eastern Goldfields YMCA Inc
• Edward Collick House
• Esperance Men-in-Sheds Inc
• Gnowangerup Community Resource Centre
• Greenbushes Community Resource Centre Incorporated
• Hopetoun Community Resource Centre Inc
• Jerramungup Community Resource Centre Inc
• Katanning Community Resource Centre
• Kondinin Community Resource Centre Inc
• Lake Grace Community Resource Centre Inc
• Middleton Beach Bowling Club Inc
• Newdegate Community Resource Center Inc
• Pemberton Community Resource Centre Inc
• Shire of Manjimup - Home and Community Care
• Shire of Narembeen
• Tambellup Community Resource Centre Incorporated
• University of the Third Age Manjimup Inc
• Walpole Community Resource Centre (Inc)
• Wellstead Community Resource Centre Incorporated
• West Arthur Community Resource Centre Incorporated
• Westonia Community Resource Centre
• Wickepin Community Resource Centre Incorporated

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