Seniors in the Liverpool local government area are being encouraged to enhance their digital skills by enrolling in technology training programs during Get Online Week.
State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said it is vital no one is left behind as our community continues to embrace technology.
“Get Online Week revealed around four million Australians have low digital skills. It is important that we provide assistance in helping our seniors access services, do personal business online or use email and social media to communicate,” Ms Gibbons said.
“Even if seniors have little or no digital experience they can join fun and practical classes to develop the skills and confidence needed to benefit from technology.”
Participating libraries and community colleges across NSW are now taking enrolments for low-cost or free training through the NSW Government’s Tech Savvy Seniors program.
Tech Savvy Seniors offers a range of courses including a basic introduction to using tablets, computers, smartphones, email or social media.
Ms Gibbons said that accessibility is at the centre of all training, with courses also able to be delivered in Auslan and languages other than English.
“Some of the topics available to our local residents include Introduction to Email, Introduction to the Internet and, Social Media.
“These courses are held at Libraries across the Liverpool region – including at Casula and Liverpool - with some of the courses in Hindi and Arabic.” Ms Gibbons said.
Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said NSW Seniors Card statistics show more than half of the state’s older residents use smartphones, tablets or laptops but we can improve the amount of seniors utilising social media to connect with family and friends.
“Being skilled in an increasingly digital world is vital for our seniors to stay connected with their family and friends especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said.
“While our seniors are better connected than ever, with more than 70 percent accessing the internet daily, we can improve on this to ensure all older people have the opportunity to use and benefit from this technology.”
The NSW Government’s partnership with Telstra has ensured thousands of people over 60 have completed training at more than 180 locations across the state.
Social inclusion is a key priority of the NSW Ageing Strategy, part of the NSW Government’s commitment to meeting the needs of our ageing population.
For more information on local courses, visit: https://www.telstra.com.au/tech-savvy-seniors