In this monthly special, we touch base with the fantastic volunteers and staff who keep our branches alive and thriving.
This July, we Branch out with Community Engagement Officer, Kristie Forrest!
Kristie is involved in supporting our branches and running events like the Be Connected program. Kristie also has a conveniently pun-worthy name.
National Seniors Australia has a network of 109 community branches across the nation, each operated by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Branches are an excellent place to meet new people, attend social events, go on trips, and listen to interesting speakers. Many branches also have clubs and special interest groups like photography, reading, walking, café hopping and theatre going.
The Capricornia branch in Rockhampton is running an eight week Be Connected program starting Monday 15 July. They aim to give people confidence using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. The course is free and starts at the very basics to set up your device, then proceeds through weekly modules to help people connect to others, stay safe online, and explore online hobbies like researching family history, playing games or listening to music. Phone Judi on 0447 227 630 to register.
National Seniors Australia is running a volunteer digital mentor program commencing in August. ‘Digital Mentoring: Helping your community Be Connected’ is an interactive, free training and support program. Mentors will receive one full day of training plus two hours of follow up support, building their confidence in delivering digital skills support to older people in their community via National Seniors branches or other groups.
Branch out and pay a visit to your local branch. You never know who you’ll meet.
Do you, or a member of your branch, have an interesting story to tell? Is your branch involved with an exciting initiative that you'd like to promote? Perhaps there's an issue affecting older Australians that you feel strongly about?
At National Seniors Australia, we value the contributions made by all our branches and want to gather as many stories as we can to share on our website.
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In our recent member survey, a number of respondents said they were either not aware that our branches existed, or weren't sure where their nearest branch was located.
We want everyone to benefit from the great activities offered by our branches.
Keep an eye out for the next edition of our member magazine, where we provide a round-up of the latest branch events in your community.
Our branches are a great place to meet people, learn more about National Seniors Australia and make a difference to the lives of older Australians. Everyone is welcome.