If you are one of the 4 million Australians with limited knowledge of using the internet, help is on the way with National Seniors Australia providing some new community volunteers with skills and resources to help.
Our new ‘digital mentors’ have undertaken training in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, with additional workshops planned for Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and the Gold Coast in 2020.
“The role of a volunteer digital mentor is to support people aged 50 and over with getting online, allowing people to remain independent and engaged in our community,” Digital Mentor Trainer Scott North explains. “This support can take many forms, it could be one-on-one training at your favourite coffee shop, in a small group at your local library, even in your own home if you wanted.”
Volunteer digital mentors are required to undertake a police check before they can commence their volunteer duties and are provided with training and resources from the Be Connected program, developed by the Federal Government’s Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Good Things Foundation. This free learning program contains easy to follow click-through modules on a range of topics aimed at helping older Australians connect digitally. Modules start at the very basics (setting up a device) and progress into topics like connecting to others and staying safe online, as well as hobbies like researching family history, playing games and listening to music or audiobooks.
Most of our mentors are not tech wizards or IT experts, they are simply people who know how to use a computer, laptop, tablet, iPad and/or a smartphone and are willing to show others how.
Improving digital literacy skills is an important area of focus for National Seniors Australia and this digital mentor training has been made possible through funding received from the Good Things Foundation.
If you would like to find a mentor in your area, please get in touch with National Seniors Australia at email@example.com
For further information, or to register your interest in becoming a digital mentor, visit nationalseniors.com.au/beconnected
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