Introduction to online skill building
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.
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.