New tech group connects Herald Island
It’s a well-connected community, at least face-to-face, but a new technology project is helping Herald Island residents to create online connections too.
The community-led project started with a two-hour weekend workshop which discussed online safety.
Project leader and resident Louise Taylor said most who attended the workshop were already online but had specific questions around using the Cloud, online safety and personal devices.
Taylor said future topics would be led by the needs of the group.
‘‘We’re really flexible about how this evolves,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s really around what the need is.’’
She said it was also about providing an opportunity for participants get together, to connect to family who might not live locally and pursue their own interests online.
Around 10 people attended the first workshop held at the Herald Island Fire Station on July 8. The group is run by Taylor and three other volunteers.
Residents Richard and Margret Brands attended the workshop and said it was similar to a forum in terms of different people sharing their knowledge.
Margret, a former technology teacher, said, ‘‘We all were there, almost ‘netboting’ each other to find out what each other knows.’’
Richard said the session gave him confidence and let him know he wasn’t alone in terms of his learning.
‘‘Shared knowledge more power.
‘‘A lot of people - although they have networks for older people, for example - don’t avail themselves of those facilities [like universities],’’ he said.
‘‘But if it’s in a village atmosphere or a village hall, they’ll go they’ll is even go down the road to that.’’
Taylor, a social worker, had the idea for the workshop as part of a leadership course she is completing.
She said while her course only goes for five months, she intends the technology project to be longterm so it will eventually run itself.
‘‘I’m really passionate about connecting people in communities and creating networks,’’ she said. ‘‘For me it was about connecting in with my community as well. It’s personal as well as for others.’’
Internet connection is still needed at the fire station to enable to the project to run smoothly, and Taylor said she is interested to hear from anyone who can help. The next session will likely run in September.
Herald Island residents Richard and Margret Brands felt the group was like a forum for knowledge sharing.