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What an iidea: free technology training for seniors


Coming to Campbelltown: The Tech Savvy Seniors program provides free training for seniors in using computers, tablets and smart phones.

Campbelltown City Council’s HJ Daley Library is one of 13  selected to roll out the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

The program, a NSW Government initiative in partnership with Telstra, provides free training for seniors in using computers, tablets and smart phones. It is targeted towards local communities which are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Three language groups have been selected for the program at HJ Daley Library, including Arabic, Hindi and Chinese (Cantonese).

Bilingual trainers will host four weekly sessions for each language group from 10.30am to 12.30pm covering computer use, the internet and social media.

The program will begin with Arabic on Wednesday, March 11, followed by Hindi from Wednesday, April 8 and Chinese (Cantonese) from Wednesday, May 13.

Participants will have access to quick reference guides in their own language and English, which they can then take home to continue practising their online skills.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Paul Lake, said the program would help boost the online skills of seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Campbelltown.

“Whether it’s online banking or connecting with family and friends via social media, the program ensures that everyone has the opportunity to participate in our digital world.

“The program also demonstrates that with the right knowledge and assistance from trained tutors, age and language no longer have to be a barrier when it comes to living in our technological society,” Cr Lake said.

“Developing seniors’ skills and confidence using a broad range of technology helps them to be more connected with their community and this has enormous health and social benefits.

“HJ Daley Library is excited to deliver this program, which highlights the library’s increasingly important role in connecting people within our community,” Cr Lake said.

To register for the program, contact HJ Daley Library on 4645 4444. Bookings are essential as places are limited.


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