Seniors in the Bathurst and Central West region are encouraged to access a fully subsidised Tech Savvy Seniors course which will help them develop the skills and confidence to access important information and services online.
A short course will be held in Bathurst throughout February and March by non-for-profit organisation, VERTO. Anyone over the age of 60 (or 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participants) is eligible to participate at no cost.
“In today’s digital world it is easy for seniors to be overwhelmed by all the new technology around us,” VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said.
“The Tech Savvy Seniors course provides training to help seniors to learn the basics that will allow them to complete everyday tasks like banking and booking medical appointments, while also learning how to stay in contact with their families, friends and communities.
“Participating in this training with other like-minded seniors will ensure a really comfortable training and learning environment, and most importantly, teach participants the skills they need to maintain their independence.”
The Tech Savvy Seniors course will involve 12 sessions which includes information on computers, smartphones, tablets, social media, cyber safety, the internet, email and online banking. Participants are able to bring their own personal devices if they wish, to become familiar with processes they will then use at home.
VERTO has run the course for five years now, and by the end of the upcoming lessons will have delivered the course to more than 300 senior participants in the Central West, Far West and Orana regions.
Tech Savvy Seniors is a NSW Government initiative in partnership with Telstra. The program dates are February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25; and March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25.