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Our elders sometimes need help getting their heads around innovations in modern technology and it’s up to us to show them how it can be done.

At the Byron Community Centre on Wednesday, August 28 there will be a team of digital skills tutors to assist with everything to do with phones, computers, tablets, laptops and whatever they invented yesterday.

The Be Connected Program has funded the day and has created a wonderful online learning portal for seniors with all sorts of topics and courses that will gently and bring them to a safer and more skilled interaction with their devices and the Internet. There are topics about online shopping, Internet security and passwords, organising your documents and photos, games, social media and much more.

Everyone will be encouraged to explore this portal on the day with assistance.

Cherie Bromley from the Byron Community Centre says her mum is 86 years old and when her favourite granddaughter moved to Ireland last year she was really sad. ‘I spent a fair bit of time helping her set up an email account so that she could stay in touch and receive photos from the lass,’ says Cherie. ‘I found it really challenging – yes, read frustrating – to teach mum and to calm her fears about being on the web.

‘Since then the Community Centre has become a Network Partner with the Be Connected Digital Skills for Seniors Program, and now I have the perfect resource to deliver positive and quality learning experiences for her with minimal frustration from me.’

Have you got an older family member who would love to learn more about what they can do on their computer or device? Are you worried about their e-safety or want them to stay in touch? If you want to help the seniors in your life to become more tech-savvy, please come along and have a look too. The tutors will all have computers to use or bring your own device.

Tea and bickies will be supplied

All over 55s are welcome, drop in from 10am-3pm

For information call the Byron Community Centre 6685 6807.

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