Con­nect­ing se­niors

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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