Technology grants available

Community groups can now apply for grants worth up to $50,000 to help seniors make the most of modern-day communications technology such as mobile phones and computers.

Grant amounts range up to $5000 for local community organisations and up to $50,000 for state and territory organisations. Eligible community organisations can apply for Telstra Connected Seniors grants at www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/community-environment/community-programs/seniors until 5pm AEST on 5 March 2010.

Acting Group Managing Director Telstra Consumer, Ms Glenice Maclellan, said the Telstra Connected Seniors workshops are the perfect solution for seniors to conquer any technology fears.

"We understand some seniors may be a little apprehensive about using new technology. However the reality is that mobile phones and computers are simple to use and they open up a whole new world of communication which can be easily embraced," said Ms Maclellan.

"No-one is ever too old to learn about technology and people are always surprised at just how much they can easily do online, like banking, shopping, finding out about new interests and joining social groups. Telstra Connected Seniors workshops are conducted in a friendly and inviting environment where seniors can learn at their own pace alongside friends and neighbours.

"Attendees will also learn how to send and receive emails and text messages, which is the ideal way to keep in touch with family members "

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