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Seniors to build digital skills

Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

Timothy Quinn utilising the Seniors Kiosk at the BH Library. Timothy Quinn utilising the Seniors Kiosk at the BH Library.

Elderly residents will be able to continue to build their digital skills at five centres in the city via the Broadband for Seniors program.

Almost $1.3 million has been invested by the government to help older Australians through the program.

Under the program, local seniors across Farrer continue to have free access to computers and internet training, to ensure everyone can keep up in the digital age.

Farrer MP Sussan Ley said it provided many skills for older residents.

“It offers supportive online skills training for email, cyber safety and social media to stay in touch with friends and family,” Ms Ley said.

“Out of 1600 Broadband for Seniors kiosks Australia-wide, there are 28 in Farrer.

“They set up in local community centres, libraries, clubs and aged care centres with volunteer tutors providing one-on-one or small group training in a wide range of online topics.”

Local sites with kiosks include the South Community Centre Library, Broken Hill Library, Broken Hill Community Inc., Community Care Far West and Robinson College.

Other sites around the region include, Deniliquin Council Intereach, Ivanhoe Multi Service Outlet, Menindee Rural Transaction Centre and Wilcannia Customer Service Centre.

Library Services Coordinator Cheryl Smith said the funding would be beneficial.

“We are pleased that this is happening,” she said.

“It means that Seniors will continue to receive training in social media that enables them to be in contact with family and friends around the world.”

For more information, call 1300 795 897 or visit the website www.bfseniors.com.au/

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