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Tech Savvy Seniors Classes Continue in Southern Downs Libraries

The Southern Downs Library Service is pleased to announce that it will be running further training sessions throughout the year, as part of 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, and is 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.

SDRC libraries’ 2017/2018 Tech Savvy program has already given more than 270 seniors the opportunity to embrace information technology and improve their digital skills, with free training sessions on computer basics, the internet, utilising laptops, tablets and iPads, email and social media, cyber safety, and smartphones.

The program this year will continue throughout May, June and July, 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. 

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. The ability to use technology means that you are better able to stay in touch with relatives and the community at large.”

For more information about the training courses, call Warwick Library (4661 0342) or Stanthorpe Library (4681 2141). A light morning or afternoon tea is also provided.

Bookings essential, as places are limited.   Please note: bookings can only be made two weeks in advance of the course date.

Phone: Warwick Library 4661 0342 or Stanthorpe Library 4681 2141

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

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