Cootamundra Library will host free NSW government computer workshops for seniors in February, it was announced today by the MP for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke.
Ms Cooke encouraged seniors to enrol in the workshops by contacting the Library through the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council on 1300 459 689.
"Even if seniors have little or no digital experience, they can join fun and practical classes at the Library to develop the skills and confidence they needed to benefit from technology," Ms Cooke said.
The workshops will be held at the Library throughout February. Topics will include introduction to the internet, smartphones, email, sharing photos, transport apps, Seniors Card and using tablets through the NSW Government's Tech Savvy Seniors program.
"It is vital no one is left behind as the community continues to embrace technology," Ms Cooke said.
"This week, Get Online Week, has highlighted the fact that around four million Australians have low digital skills.
"So let's change that and help our seniors to access services, do personal business online or use email and social media to communicate."
Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said NSW Seniors Card statistics show more than half of the state's older residents use smartphones, tablets or laptops, but we can improve the number of seniors using social media to connect with family and friends.
"Being skilled in an increasingly digital world is vital for our seniors to stay connected with their family and friends especially during the Covid-19 pandemic," Mr Lee said.
"While our seniors are better connected than ever, with more than 70 percent accessing the internet daily, we can improve on this to ensure all older people have the opportunity to use and benefit from this technology."
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