Tech Savvy 14 November 2018

Tweed Seniors to get Tech Savvy with ACE

Older people in Tweed have the opportunity to increase their digital skills to stay connected through the NSW Government’s popular Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Delivered in partnership with Telstra, Tech Savvy Seniors provides free or low cost training through a network of community colleges and libraries to help older people learn to use computers, tablets and smartphones.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced that ACE Community Colleges Banora Point is among 130 locations across NSW to deliver the Tech Savvy Seniors program in 2019.

“It can be more difficult for seniors in regional areas like Tweed to physically visit their bank, catch up with friends or do their grocery shopping,” Mr Provest said.

“That’s why we are bringing Tech Savvy Seniors to Tweed – I encourage all older people to look at what’s on offer and learn something new.”

Training modules to be delivered by ACE Community Colleges Banora Point include:

• Introduction to the Internet
• Introduction to Cyber safety
• Introduction to Tablets
• Introduction to Social media
• Introduction to Online shopping

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government committed $2 million in 2015 to increase training places for older people to 38,000 over four years, which has been achieved two years ahead of schedule with over 55,000 spots for budding digital enthusiasts in 2018.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said Tech Savvy Seniors has supported thousands of seniors to boost their digital skills, with more older people trained than anticipated thanks to an increase in the available places from 6,500 to 9,000 each year.

“We know that older people experience higher rates of social isolation and mobility issues, especially in regional areas, which is why at the last election we committed to delivering this program to rural locations to ensure more seniors can take advantage,” Mrs Davies said.

“Tech Savvy Seniors empowers older people to take advantage of the digital word to keep up with friends and family, and we are reaching more seniors right across the State.”

Please contact Maria at ACE Community Colleges on 07 5520 3026 for further details about the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

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