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More Tech Savvy Seniors training available through local libraries

17 July 2013



Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance today announced the popular Tech Savvy Seniors program will extend training opportunities in the local library network, with a focus on rural and regional areas.

"Earlier this year Telstra and the NSW Government launched the Tech Savvy Seniors program to support and boost the computer knowledge and online skills of seniors," Mr Constance said.

"It was incredibly successful and we are pleased to fulfill the mutual commitment both Telstra and the Government have to seniors living in regional and more remote areas of NSW by making training available to them."

Tech Savvy Seniors is a partnership between the NSW Government and Telstra which provides low cost or free training to older people across NSW to help them access online information, websites and services in order to enhance their social engagement, interaction and connection with friends, families and communities.

Telstra's Chief Customer Officer, Gordon Ballantyne, said the community hub feel of local libraries provides an ideal environment for the workshops to take place where seniors can explore and connect with technology at their own pace.

"The digital age presents many new opportunities to learn how to stay in touch with family and friends, and to dabble in social media to keep connected with the grandchildren," Mr Ballantyne said.

"Computers, smartphones and tablets open up a whole new world to online shopping, paying bills, banking, holiday planning and staying connected to the local community."

To find out more about the Tech Savvy Seniors program and to view the NSW Ageing Strategy visit www.ageing.nsw.gov.au/publications and www.telstra.com/seniors.

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