Whether it’s paying a bill online, purchasing items or using a search engine, local seniors will again have the chance to take part in Livingstone Shire Council’s Tech Savvy Seniors program after Council recently received a third round of funding.
The popular free training sessions are a joint initiative of Telstra and the State Library of Queensland which will help to improve the technology skills of older generations within small communities.
Community Development and Support and Senior Citizens Councillor Jan Kelly said previous programs were very well attended and Council was excited to roll out the upcoming sessions.
“This partnership is providing to older people, particularly those in regional and remote areas of Queensland the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing important services or conducting personal business,” Cr Kelly said.
“Ultimately we want to inspire as many people as possible to get online so everyone can enjoy the benefits of the digital world.”
The classes will initially be delivered in Yeppoon and Emu Park beginning on 4 March through to July. Council hopes to expand to other localities in the region during the latter half of the year, Cr Kelly said.
“Participants are able to participate in diverse training sessions, including how to use a computer, laptop, tablet and smartphones,” she said.
“The training offered is fun, hands-on, and designed to assist seniors with everyday online tasks relating to shopping, banking, business, communication and recreation.
Cr Kelly said Council is very pleased to support this brilliant initiative for our senior community, which will enhance their digital literacy skills in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere.
“Council would like to commend the State Library of Queensland and Telstra for their funding support to help facilitate this fantastic program in our region,” Cr Kelly said.
Registration is essential as class sizes are limited, to register please visit www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/whatson or contact Council’s Customer Support Centre on 4913 5000 for further details.