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The Byron Community Centre is hosting an event to help local seniors develop their digital skills as part of Get Online Week.

Seniors are invited to the Byron Theatre on October 21 and to the Byron Community Cabin in Carlyle Street, on October 23, for demonstrations, presentations and personalised assistance with all things digital.  

Both events will run from 9am till midday.

‘This is an amazing opportunity for seniors to improve their digital skills, feel more confident online, and connect with their loved ones’, said digital skills tutor Lynn Porteous.

The Get Online Week activities include assisting seniors in the community with how to connect online with their friends and families, online games and digital skills.

Specific skills at the ‘Be Connected’ workshop include online shopping, Google Earth, My Gov/My Health Records, online banking, taking photos and using filters, and a special virtual reality experience; where participants can virtually visit museums and zoos.

Currently the Seniors Computer Club is being offered by the Byron Community Centre, free of charge, at the Community Cabin on Friday mornings from 9am–11am.

Devices for loan

Individual tutors also offer help with digital skills through the learning hub, and devices are available for loan for a month at a time, free of charge.

For more information call 02 6685 6807.

‘We offer assistance with navigating smart phones, tablets, iPhones and computers, while encouraging participants to complete online modules on the Be Connected website,’ Ms Porteous says.

‘Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices; however, the Community Centre offers computers available for loan for a month at a time free of charge.’

For more information about the Seniors Computer Club, computer loans and to book into the Get Online Week events, please call the Byron Community Centre on (02) 66856807. Now’s the time to Get Online.


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