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SHIRE SENIORS TO GET TECH SAVVY

Older people in Crookwell and Gunning will soon have the opportunity to increase their digital skills to stay connected through the NSW Government’s popular Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Delivered in partnership with Telstra, Tech Savvy Seniors provides free or low cost training through a network of community colleges and libraries to help older people learn to use computers, tablets and smartphones.

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today announced that Crookwell and Gunning Libraries are among the 130 locations across NSW to deliver the Tech Savvy Seniors program in 2019.

“It can be more difficult for seniors in regional areas like ours to physically visit their bank, catch up with friends or do their grocery shopping,” Ms Goward said.

“That’s why we are bringing Tech Savvy Seniors to the electorate of Gouburn – I encourage all older people to look at what’s on offer at Crookwell and Gunning Libraries and learn something new.”

The training modules that will be offered at Crookwell Library will include:
 Introduction to Smartphones
 Introduction to Android tablets
 Introduction to iPad tablets
 Introduction to online shopping
 Sharing photos and other attachments online.
 Introduction to social media - part 1
The training modules that will be offered at Gunning Library will include:
 Introduction to Email
 Introduction to Smartphones
 Introduction to Android Tablets
 Introduction to iPads
 Sharing photos and other attachments online
 Introduction to social media - part 1

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government committed $2 million in 2015 to increase training places for older people to 38,000 over four years, which has been achieved two years ahead of schedule with over 55,000 spots for budding digital enthusiasts in 2018.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said Tech Savvy Seniors has supported thousands of seniors to boost their digital skills, with more older people trained than anticipated thanks to an increase in the available places from 6,500 to 9,000 each year.

“We know that older people experience higher rates of social isolation and mobility issues, especially in regional areas, which is why at the last election we committed to delivering this program to rural locations to ensure more seniors can take advantage,” Mrs Davies said.

“Tech Savvy Seniors empowers older people to take advantage of the digital word to keep up with friends and family, and we are reaching more seniors right across the State.”

CONTACT
PRU GOWARD 

Goulburn Electorate Office
(02) 4822 6444

Ministerial Office
(02) 8574 5907

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