Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:09

Telstra continues funding of tech workshops for seniors

Telstra has begun another round of funding for community groups helping seniors make the most of computers and mobile phones.

Telstra's Connected Seniors program is continuing this year with a fresh round of funding for community groups.

The idea is to encourage more seniors to take advantage of mobile phones and computers by showing then what they can do, and how easy they are to use.

Local groups can apply for grants of up to $5000 to run such workshops, while up to $50,000 is available to state or territory organisations.

"No-one is ever too old to learn about technology and people are always surprised at just how much they can easily do online, like banking, shopping, finding out about new interests and joining social groups," said Glenice Maclellan, acting group managing director Telstra Consumer.

"Telstra Connected Seniors workshops are conducted in a friendly and inviting environment where seniors can learn at their own pace alongside friends and neighbours," she added.

What does a previous grant recipient say, and how can your group apply this time? Please read on.

Not-for-profit community organisations with a primary member base of people aged over 60 are eligible under the scheme, including those that have already received a grant and successfully delivered their workshops.

One example is the Hervey Bay Sixty & Better Healthy Ageing Program. Its president, Rod Lonsdale, said "Our members want to utilise the benefits of such technology to remain in contact with family and friends, both locally and abroad. Members also want to be familiar with online banking and shopping. We are now in a position to show them how to do this."

Applications can be made via until 5pm AEST on March 5.

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