Com­puter Pals for Se­niors – The Hills

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Seniors Feature -

On Wed­nes­day 14th March, Com­puter Pals for the Hills, cel­e­brated 20 years. What an amaz­ing mile­stone.

This group of Com­puter Pals has over 400 mem­bers, mak­ing it the largest in NSW and over 120 of those mem­bers came along to cel­e­brate their 20th An­niver­sary.

The Hills Club first started in July 1998, at Oakhill Col­lege. In 2001, the Hills Shire Coun­cil of­fered Com­puter Pals the lease of the Old Care­tak­ers Cot­tage in the Cas­tle Hill Show­ground, where they still meet to­day.

‘Com­puter Pals for Se­niors’ – The Hills, is a ‘not for profit, vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion’, com­pletely manned by a so­cial group of around sixty vol­un­teers. Not only did it cel­e­brate 20 years of ser­vice, but also re­ceived an Aus­tralia Day Award for ‘Best Com­mu­nity Ser­vice to The Hills Shire. So if you, or some­one you know, are over fifty five and not work­ing full time, the club has a num­ber of free in­tro­duc­tory ‘Se­niors Week” open day ses­sions, for

Tues­day April 10th, from 10.30 un­til 11.30, 11.30 un­til 12.30, 12.30 un­til 1.30, and 1.30 un­til 2.30,

at their teach­ing rooms, sit­u­ated in ‘The Old Care­taker’s Cot­tage’ in the show­ground at Cas­tle Hill, ad­ja­cent to The Har­vey Lowe Pavil­ion.

Here you can ob­serve the club in op­er­a­tion, min­gle and mix, and en­joy a cuppa with ab­so­lutely no obli­ga­tion. And plenty of park­ing is avail­able.

‘Com­puter Pals’ is a place where se­niors teach other se­niors how to over­come the daunt­ing world of tech­nol­ogy, in a no fuss, no pres­sure, ex­tremely friendly en­vi­ron­ment, en­com­pass­ing sev­eral cour­ses in­clud­ing a ba­sic, one pupil - one trainer, two hour a week class, plus sev­eral more ad­vanced cour­ses, in­clud­ing Ad­vanced In­ter­net, Cloud Com­put­ing, Cloud Stor­age, Google Mail, Pass­word Man­age­ment, Face­book, Tablets and Smart Phones, Win­dows10 Fea­tures, and much more, in­clud­ing con­duct­ing reg­u­lar group sup­port work­shops to help solve your tech­no­log­i­cal prob­lems.

Ex­cept dur­ing Jan­uary and De­cem­ber, a monthly meet­ing for mem­bers and friends, in­clud­ing guest speak­ers and free morn­ing tea, is held on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of the month at ‘The Har­vey Lowe Pavil­ion’, Cas­tle Hill.

Book­ings for the open day are es­sen­tial, and can be made by phon­ing Jill on 9899 1843, or Con­nie on 9639 6758. If un­able to at­tend the open day, an­other visit can be or­gan­ised. The web­site is and email is [email protected]

Back row L to R Rene Beedl­man C, Peter Fowler C & LM, Gra­ham Hayes F, Dorothy Mil­li­gan F, Gil­bert Cowlishaw F & LM, Sylvia Cowlishaw F, Jill Matthews F, LM, & C, Li­onel Smith LM & C Pres., Ter­ence Hard C, Ge­off Nash C. Front Row L to R Miriam Thomas...

David Ben­nett is Vice pres­i­dent of ASCCA, Aus­tralian Se­niors Com­puter Clubs As­so­ci­a­tion of which there are well over 120 clubs around Aus­tralia teach­ing Se­niors how to use Com­put­ers and other elec­tronic gad­gets, Phones iPads etc. We have been a mem­ber...

Foun­da­tion mem­bers L to R War­wick Hayes, Dorothy Mil­li­gan, Con­nie Val­lis, Gil­bert Cowlishaw, Sylvia Cowlishaw and Jill Matthews.

A mix­ture of Com­mit­tee (C) Foun­da­tion Mem­bers (FM) and Life Mem­bers (LM).

Li­onel Smith Pres, Mayor, Dr Michelle Bryne and Con­nie Val­lis

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