Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said seniors will continue to have free access to computers and internet training to ensure they are not left behind in the digital age, thanks to a $1.3 million Federal Government investment.
The Federal Government has invested $1.3 million to assist more than 97,000 older Australians continue building their digital skills under the Broadband for Seniors programme.
Mr Hogan said that older people in the Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley will be able to learn important online skills including how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media to stay in touch with friends and family.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to build confidence and skills using the computer and the internet,” he said. “This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring older people in the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers don’t get left behind in the digital age.”
Mr Hogan said there were around 1600 Broadband for Seniors kiosks across Australia, set up in facilities such as community centres, libraries, clubs and aged care homes. “Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one or small group training covering topics such as how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media in a supportive and welcoming environment,” he said.
“Broadband for Seniors provides support to help older Australians feel confident using technology.”
Broadband for Seniors Kiosks in the Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley will continue to have access to training tools and resources to support their volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one or small group training for seniors.
There are Broadband for Seniors kiosks in the following locations:
- Ballina Public Library
- Caroona Bonalbo Hostel
- Coroona Goonellabah Village
- Coroona Village Woodburn
- Coroona Yamba
- Casino Day Centre
- Clarence Village – Dougherty Villa
- Crowley Village
- Evans Head and District Senior Citizens Club
- Kentwell Community Centre
- Lismore Neighbourhood Centre
- New School of Arts
- Richmond Valley Council
- RSL LifeCare – Ballina
- RSL LifeCare – Chauvel Village
- Seventh Day Adventist Age Care – Alstonville
- St Carthage’s Community Care
- St Josephs Age Care