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Tech Savvy Training Courses for Seniors to Begin

The Southern Downs Library Service is pleased to announce that it has again been successful in obtaining funding under the 2017/2018 Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland grant program.  The Tech Savvy program is a partnership between the Queensland Government (led by the State Library of Queensland) and Telstra, aimed at enabling older people – particularly those in regional and remote areas of Queensland – to develop the skills and confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing important services or conducting personal business.  Digital literacy skills are increasingly essential for anyone who wants to actively engage with family and friends across the country and the world, and the program is committed to ensuring that everyone can benefit from being online and connected in the digital age.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the program will provide Queensland’s growing senior population with the skills needed to securely access essential services online.

“Tech Savvy Seniors delivers well-paced sessions to help seniors develop a range of useful online skills including how to use a smartphone and an iPad, the basics of social media, and how to shop online and access core government services.

“The program strives to get Queensland’s older population online with confidence and to help them engage in the digital world so they can connect with friends and family, and access vital services.”

Telstra Area General Manager, Southern Queensland, Darren Clark said Tech Savvy Seniors is part of Telstra’s commitment to helping all Australians enjoy the benefits of being connected and engaged with digital technology.

“We want everybody to thrive in a digital world, regardless of their age, background, ability or where they live. Digital technology can help break down social barriers, create efficiencies, and open up new learning and engagement opportunities for Queenslanders in their golden years.”

 Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie encouraged all seniors who would like to learn more about technology to attend the training program. “It can be daunting to learn how to use technology, but there are some wonderful benefits,” said Cr Dobie. “We know that social isolation is a big risk factor for developing depression and anxiety in older Australians, and learning to use technology is an important tool in combating that risk.”

SDRC libraries’ 2016/2017 Tech Savvy program gave 300 seniors the opportunity to embrace information technology and improve their digital skills, with free training sessions on introduction to computers and the internet, utilising laptops, tablets and iPads, email and social media, and cyber safety. 

The program this year will begin in September 2017, with sessions held at the Warwick and Stanthorpe libraries.  The small, friendly group sessions are facilitated by an IT professional and provide a forum where you can learn new skills to help you get connected and take the first steps to becoming tech savvy. The training is designed to make it easy for you to learn at your own pace to develop the skills and confidence necessary to actively participate in the digital community.  A light morning tea will be provided.

For more information about the training courses, call Warwick Library (4661 0342) or Stanthorpe Library (4681 2141).

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland is a partnership between State Library of Queensland, Telstra, Department of Communities, and Queensland Public Libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

 

27th September

11th October

25th October

8th November

22nd November

Stanthorpe

9.00am-12.00pm

Intro to computers and the internet

Intro to email and social media

iPads

Tablets

Smartphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th October

20th October

3rd November

17th November

1st December

Warwick

9.00am-12.00pm

Intro to computers and the internet

Intro to email and social media

iPads

Tablets

Intro to computers and the internet

Warwick

1.00pm-4.00pm

Smartphones

Tablets

Intermediate email and social media

Intermediate email and social media

Smartphones

 

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