By Matt Kean
Seniors in Hornsby are being encouraged to enhance their digital skills by enrolling in technology training program, Tech Savvy Seniors.
Member for Hornsby Matt Kean MP said it is vital no one is left behind as more services move online.
“Around four million Australians have low digital skills, so let’s change that. These courses can help our seniors to access services, do personal business online or use email and social media to communicate,” Mr Kean said.
“Even if seniors have little or no digital experience they can join fun and practical classes to develop the skills and confidence needed to benefit from technology.”
Hornsby library and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community College are now taking enrolments for low-cost or free training through the NSW Government’s Tech Savvy Seniors program.
Tech Savvy Seniors offers a range of courses including a basic introduction to using tablets, computers, smartphones, email or social media. Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said NSW Seniors Card statistics show more than half of the state’s older residents use smartphones, tablets or laptops but we can improve the amount of seniors utilising social media to connect with family and friends.
“Being skilled in an increasingly digital world is vital for our seniors to stay connected with their family and friends especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said.
The NSW Government’s partnership with Telstra has ensured thousands of people over 60 have completed training at more than 180 locations across the state.
Social inclusion is a key priority of the NSW Ageing Strategy, part of the NSW Government’s commitment to meeting the needs of our ageing population.
For more information on local courses, visit: https://www. telstra.com.au/tech-savvy-seniors or contact the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community Collegge on 9482 1189