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It seems that there aren’t many services you can’t access online these days and for older people, they are running out of options to pay their bills unless they get tech savvy.

With a small grant from The Good Things Foundation, The Byron Community Centre has put together an experienced team of digital tutors who will be visiting local residential facilitates during Get Online Week this week. Tutors will be assisting seniors with everything online including safety, shopping and connecting with friends and family.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to be more engaged with technology and get to know their digital devices. Many seniors have been found to avoid online activities due to fear of being ‘scammed’ however using the internet safely is one of the many areas that the BCC team of tutors will be focusing on.

Digital tutors will be encouraging program participants to ‘learn one new thing’. This is particularly exciting for seniors who want to know more about interacting with family members using social media applications such as Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp and so on. 

The Byron Community Centre is also running a competition: The senior who completes the most topics on the Be Connected Learning Portal during the week will be awarded a $100 voucher from Three Blue Ducks at The Farm. 

The winner must have the Byron Community Centre registered as their support centre on the portal.

For more information about Get Online Week or the Be Connected Learning Portal for seniors, contact the Byron Community Centre on 6685 6807.

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