The Internet Kiosk
Broadband for Seniors is a $30 million part of the wider Australian Government Initiative "Making Ends Meet - Plan for Older Australians, People with Disabilities and Carers". It provides for training and internet access facilities, called kiosks, which are run by volunteers and are free for use by seniors. SeniorNet have successfully applied to house one of these Kiosks in our office at the Humanities Building in South Street (corner Nicholas Street), Ipswich. The kiosk features two computers with broadband access for use by older members of our local community.
The internet kiosk offers the opportunity for older people to discover how the web can play a great part in helping them to stay in touch with friends and family, along with offering access to the wealth of information available online. This is their chance to find out what all the excitement is about. Seniors can learn at their own pace with dedicated volunteers available to help them and provide training in basic computer use, word processing, email and using the internet.
Our normal course consists of four sessions: Introduction to the Computer and Windows; The Internet and how to explore it; Webmail and how to join it; Webmail emails and attachments. Each session is of ninety minutes duration and is booked on application to Colleen. The sessions have up to two attendees, and a tutor to guide you. This course also serves as an Introductory Course for members of SeniorNet.
So if you, or someone you know, would be interested in learning more about computers and the internet for free, please contact Colleen or Jenny as detailed below.
Broadband for Seniors
More information on the Broadband for Seniors initiative can be found at http://www.necseniors.net.au. SeniorNet have to provide the trainers, so please consider volunteering to assist. For more information see the 'Volunteer Tutors Fact Sheet' .