Cobram Community House will soon be getting into the spirit of Victorian Seniors Festival, which is running throughout October.
The Victorian Seniors Festival, now its 36th year, celebrates the more than one million Victorians aged over 60 who make significant contributions to our society.
To kick things off, the Cobram Senior Citizens Choir will be performing at Cobram Community House’s community lunch on Friday.
One of the community house’s major programs for seniors is Be Connected, which runs on Thursday mornings from 10 am to noon or Friday afternoons from 1 pm to 3 pm. All they require to attend is a gold coin donation.
From October 15 to 19, Cobram Community House will run Get Online Week aimed at people over 50.
‘‘It will be an opportunity for them to come in and try new things online and we will help them with their phones and computers. It’s all pretty basic stuff,’’ Cobram Community House IT officer Liz Diamond said.
‘‘The purpose is really just to help seniors get online and become more proficient and less scared of technology.’’
The informal workshops will include activities such as learning to do screenshots on a phone, how to best utilise phone cameras and how to navigate a computer, use email and use Skype.
‘‘We are hoping Get Online Week will give people a taste of what’s out there and if they enjoy it they can quite easily slot into our Be Connected program as an ongoing thing,’’ Mrs Diamond said.
Mrs Diamond said it was important in today’s day and age of evolving technology that older people kept up to date.
She said they did not need to be hesitant about seeking help.
‘‘I don’t think a lot of people know that these kind of services are available, but I think people more and more need to get up with it,’’ she said.
‘‘I say that because, for example, the government wants you to have a myGov account and a My Health Record account which is all online.’’
Mrs Diamond said both Be Connected and Get Online Week would offer the chance for willing participants to work at their own pace in a relaxed environment.
‘‘It’s simply to support them. It’s not formal learning as such, it’s not like a classroom, so we’d highly encourage anyone that is interested to come along and not be daunted by it,’’ she said.
Time to upskill: The Be Connected program helps up-skill seniors on basic technology.