Older community members who have not yet ventured into the online world can dip their toe in the digital water at free workshops this month for Get Online Week.
Held in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries and hosted by a qualified trainer, the workshops aim to help participants experience a wide range of online activities.
Participants can learn how to connect to family and friends, engage on social networks, shop online and take part in entertainment activities, such as online games. It will also show the types of devices needed and talk about how to get connected.
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Each session will include hand-outs to assist participants to get online at home. They can also sign up to the Be Connected website, which has a series of tutorials starting with the absolute basics of digital literacy.
Council’s Libraries Manager Linda Heald said the Get Online Week campaign aimed to support the two-and-a-half million Australians who were not online.
“There are many people who still don’t use the internet at all, and we’re here to help,” she said.
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“Getting the most out of the internet doesn’t have to be scary. Doing just one new thing online is all you need to do to get started – if you come along to our workshops we can help you do just that.”
The free workshops will be held from 10.30am-12pm at Batemans Bay Library on Tuesday 16 October, Narooma Library Wednesday 17 October, and Moruya Library on Thursday 18 October.
To book contact Batemans Bay Library on 4472 5850, Narooma Library on 4476 1164 or Moruya Library on 4474 1333.
The workshops are organised by Eurobodalla Council and funded by the Be Connected network, which brings together partners across Australia who support older Australians to improve their digital literacy.
Get Online Week is managed by Good Things Foundation - a social change charity with the vision of a world where everyone can benefit from digital.