Classes to get seniors proficient online

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Australind librarian Laine Brown shows library patron Jenny Golding some news tricks as part of the Be Connected program.
Camera IconAustralind librarian Laine Brown shows library patron Jenny Golding some news tricks as part of the Be Connected program. Credit: Picture: Jacinta Cantatore, Jacinta Cantatore.

Older residents in the Shire of Harvey will have the opportunity to boost their online skills thanks to a Federal Government grant.

The grant, issued as part of the Be Connected initiative, has enabled the shire’s libraries to purchase 10 iPads, which will be used to train and educate people over 50 in a range of digital areas.

Australind librarian Laine Brown hopes residents will take advantage of the opportunity to develop their internet knowledge in a relaxed but informative environment.

“This program is aimed at helping with their digital journey, whatever point in their journey they are at,” Ms Brown said.

“The aim for these free technology classes for older residents is to get every Australian online.”

The program will include group classes but can also be tailored to specific needs community members believe will be beneficial.

The program will include classes as well as one-on-one support from library staff.

Australind library regular Jenny Golding said she opted for a one-on-one session ahead of the official launch.

Having used computers for work for more than 30 years she is no stranger to the online world, but said she signed up for a session because she had a specific task to complete online.

“I have something specific I need to do, so I needed a specialised class,” Mrs Golding said.

“The girls here were very happy to help.”

The program will be launched at an information session at Australind Library at 12.30pm on July 3.

To book a place at the launch, or for more details, contact library staff on 9797 4590.

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