In­tro­duc­tion to on­line skill build­ing

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CO­RAL COOK­SLEY

FIN­GERS tapped away at key­boards and dig­i­tal de­vices yes­ter­day as older peo­ple grabbed the chance for free in­ter­net tu­ition at Quer­cus Beech­worth’s Ore­gon Hall.

An Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive ‘Be Con­nected’ project is aimed at in­creas­ing con­fi­dence, skills and on­line safety for peo­ple 50 years and over.

Men­tors kicked off for the first time to help par­tic­i­pants be­come fa­mil­iar with the in­ter­net and ev­ery­day tech­nol­ogy or im­prove ex­ist­ing skills.

Quer­cus Beech­worth man­ager Ju­dith Doughty said ses­sions ca- tered for peo­ple with dif­fer­ent skill lev­els.

She said com­mu­nity mem­bers had ap­proached Quer­cus con­cerned that some peo­ple in town who were not on­line may be at risk of iso­la­tion.

“An in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple are miss­ing out on in­for­ma­tion not be­ing on­line.”

Ms Doughty said the one-on-one men­tor­ing ses­sions were driven by what peo­ple wanted.

Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy men­tor Rose­mary Ryan said older peo­ple needed to be more com­pe­tent with the on­line en­vi­ron­ment to man­age ev­ery­day liv­ing.

“As men­tors we’re here to help peo­ple build their con­fi­dence with the re­as­sur­ance that skills can be gained by hav­ing a go,” she said.

Beech­worth’s Carolyn Fry who dropped into last week’s plan­ning dis­cus­sions to find out more said she wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity.

“Ses­sions catered for peo­ple who wanted to learn but did not know where to go,” she said.

Ses­sions are be­ing held on Wed­nes­days for the next three weeks be­tween 1.30pm and 3.30pm with fur­ther tu­ition planned through­out the later part of the year.

For more in­for­ma­tion contact Quer­cus Beech­worth on (03) 5728 2386.

PHOTO: Co­ral Cook­sley.

UPSKILLING: Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy men­tors Rose­mary Ryan and Michael By­d­der (both stand­ing) last week gave Su­san Bourke (seated left) and Carolyn Fry a taste of what the ‘Be Con­nected’ tu­ition would be like.

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