Help to nav­i­gate the mod­ern world

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion lead­ers are seek­ing men­tors for a new en­gag­ing, hands-on skilled men­tors pro­gram for peo­ple aged 55 and older.

The ‘Com­mu­ni­cat­ing in the Mod­ern World’ pro­gram aims to develop and en­gage com­mu­nity mem­bers who want to learn more about tech­nol­ogy.

Lead­ers are seek­ing skilled men­tors for the pro­gram, which will be de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion learn­ing man­ager Rob­bie Mil­lar said be­ing a skilled men­tor was re­ward­ing and ful­fill­ing.

“When knowl­edge is shared with an­other in a fun and en­gag­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and a per­son’s qual­ity of life is en­hanced, it’s a won­der­ful feel­ing of achieve­ment for both the skilled men­tor and the mentee,” he said.

Mr Mil­lar said the pro­gram would be tai­lored to the in­di­vid­ual learner’s needs, how­ever, pre­vi­ous stake­holder feed­back in­di­cated cur­rent learn­ing ar­eas to ex­plore in­cluded: My­gov, My Aged Care and Face­book along with vary­ing other on­line plat­forms.

“Steer­ing group mem­bers iden­ti­fied dig­i­tal con­nec­tion for health and med­i­cal con­nec­tiv­ity as a pri­or­ity learn­ing area, while ac­cess to plat­forms such as Face­book to as­sist with con­nec­tion to fam­ily and friends would be great also,” he said.

“The aim is to give learn­ers the skills and dig­i­tal knowl­edge of var­i­ous on­line plat­forms within a fun, so­cial set­ting with a skilled men­tor.”

The pro­gram will be of­fered at sev­eral Hor­sham Ru­ral City venues, in­clud­ing the li­brary, Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion, neigh­bour­hood houses and schools.

“Grow­ing learn­ers’ un­der­stand­ing and ca­pac­ity while en­gag­ing with a skilled men­tor to ac­cess on­line plat­forms is a pos­i­tive step to en­sur­ing that our com­mu­nity mem­bers have the tools and skills needed to nav­i­gate the dig­i­tal world,” Mr Mil­lar said.

Peo­ple who have com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy skills and wish to be a skilled men­tor can call Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion on 5382 5607 for more in­for­ma­tion.

CONNECTEDN­ESS: Ron Eldridge and Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion front­line em­ployee Thandi Eltze pro­mote a new ‘Com­mu­ni­cat­ing in the Mod­ern World’ pro­gram aimed at peo­ple 55 and older.

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