Computers and a Cuppa

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“Connecting older people of the community with each other and the globe…”

 

Free computer lessons for seniors at the Byron Community Centre have commenced.

Computers and a Cuppa runs every Wednesday at the Byron Community Centre from 10.00am to 12.00pm including a morning tea.

You may bring your own portable devices if wish and we cater for all levels of experience.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Carolyn on 0413 223 462.

The number of participants for each session will be limited to assure personal attention so call today to book your spot.

About “Computers and A Cuppa’

The Byron Healthy Ageing Project aims to increase the opportunities for older people to participate in our community by providing recreational activities which promote connection and social support.

The Computers and a Cuppa project is looking to address the barriers faced by older members of the community in learning how to use technology, and helping them connect to a bigger community through online sources

Technology is becoming a bigger part of everyone’s life, making it easier for people of all kinds to:

  • participate in meaningful work and other activities (whether paid or on a volunteer basis);
  • interact in new ways with family and friends;
  • learn, develop skills and gather experience;
  • share learning, skills and experience with others.

Technology, if deployed in the right way, as a supplement to and an enabler of direct contact, can help older people to maintain and develop social support networks. Some aspects of technology have obvious benefits. Email and voice over internet calls can enable quick and cheap contact with friends and relatives across the globe.

Why is this project needed?

Training and ongoing support helps older people overcome some of their anxieties, build skills and develop their confidence in using technology. The view of most experts is that we have all the kit that is needed. What we lack is the human element: the people and programmes to deliver the necessary training and support.

What the program will deliver

The aim of the project is to bring together older members of the Byron Shire community and deliver a series of personalized computer training sessions to help them better understand how to use computers and the internet. It is also an opportunity for social interaction in an informal learning environment.

Participants will have the option of bringing their own devices to the sessions or use computers at the selected venue (if available). Participants will nominate their areas of desired knowledge which will be addressed by the trainer.

At the end of each session, a morning tea will be held so participants can socialize and share their learning experience.

Some of the information above was taken from the report ‘Older people, technology and community’, commissioned from Independent Age by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, published on 21st May 2010.

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