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Tech Savvy Seniors extends digital training footprint

15 April 2014



Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced an extra 22 libraries will receive funding to deliver Tech Savvy Seniors training across NSW – helping thousands more seniors to embrace technology and the digital world.

Mr Ajaka said the NSW Government and Telstra launched the Tech Savvy Seniors program in January last year to provide low cost or free training to help seniors use computers, tablets and smartphones.

“I am delighted to announce we are extending our training footprint to deliver Tech Savvy Seniors at an additional 22 libraries and community colleges making the program available at now 92 locations,” Mr Ajaka said.

“In the past 12 months, the Tech Savvy Seniors program has trained more than 12,000 seniors in NSW which is a great achievement for the program’s first year.

“Tech Savvy Seniors is changing senior’s lives – from how they shop and get information to how they connect with family and friends.

“We want to make sure that no one is left behind because everyone, no matter where they live, should have an opportunity to participate in the digital world.

“The partnership with Telstra is an excellent example of government and the business community working together to increase opportunities for seniors and support our ageing population.”

Mr Ajaka made the announcement while visiting the Seniors Hub at the Sydney Royal Easter Show - a jointly funded initiative between the NSW Government and Telstra.

The Hub will provide a range of activities, events and competitions on the show’s two dedicated Seniors Days (15 and 16 April) including information on computer basics, digital photography, online security and social networking.

Telstra Chief Sustainability Officer Tim O’Leary said training 12,000 seniors in NSW was a great milestone for the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

“Telstra cares about all of its customers and wants to make sure they can make the most of the opportunities technology offers, including older Australians.

“This partnership with the NSW Government is about making sure everybody has the opportunity to enjoy this fast changing world and enjoy a brilliant, connected future.

“We’re delighted so many seniors have taken the opportunity to join a Tech Savvy Seniors course, to learn how to make the most of the online world by connecting with the people they care about, and pursuing hobbies and interests online.

“We believe local libraries provide an ideal environment for seniors to explore and connect with technology at their own pace. The feedback from seniors participating in Tech Savvy Seniors training so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re now encouraging more seniors to get involved with training available in an additional 22 libraries across the state.”

Since January last year, the Tech Savvy Seniors partnership has provided more than 6,000 training DVDs to libraries, community colleges and community organisations across the state.

To find out more about the Tech Savvy Seniors program go to www.telstra.com/seniors.

Details of training at local libraries will be available on the website in early May.

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