Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced funding totalling almost $33,000 to eight community organisations in Page to offer Broadband for Seniors programmes.
“This is a terrific programme and is very popular,” he said.
“Broadband for Seniors supports Australians aged 50 years or more to gain the confidence and skills needed to use new technology. This allows them to participate in and share the benefits of the growing digital economy.
“People in this group who have a desire to learn can freely do so with help from their peers in a familiar environment.
“They learn how to use a computer, how to explore information on the World Wide Web and how to stay in touch with friends and family online.
“This is crucially important that older Australians don’t feel left behind in the internet age. This programme also helps to break the down barriers that can cause social isolation.”
The organisation that will receive the Federal Government grants are Seventh Day Adventist Age Care in Alstonville ($2200), Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre at Evans Head ($2596), Northern Rivers Community Gateway ($2200), Lismore Catholic Diocese ($17996), Ballina Shire Council ($2200), Richmond Valley Council ($2569), Maclean Valley Nursing Home ($396) and Grafton’s New School of Arts – Neighbourhood House Inc ($2596).
There are about 1600 Broadband for Seniors kiosks are located across Australia. To find one near you call the helpline on 1300 795 897.