Technology Sessions for Over 55s Build Skills and Connections
Friday, 31 July, 2020 - 15:00
Mansfield community members aged 55 and over have two more opportunities to improve their skills in Information and Technology with the help of students from Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School as part of the Age Friendly Communities project.
Mansfield Shire Council Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said Council received very positive feedback about how much the Year 9 students had taught those who attended the first two sessions.
“In the July sessions, the students showed the participants how to download and use apps such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Skype, Facebook and messenger. But it’s not just about the practical elements of understanding the technology, the sessions are also building community intergenerational connections,” Cr Attley said.
“The students’ role as a mentor is to support community members aged over 55 years, to trouble shoot areas that can assist them to gain confidence and knowledge on their own devices and therefore promote socialisation and connection. We know COVID-19 restrictions mean people are looking for alternate ways to connect with friends and family and technology platforms are a big part of the solution,” she said.
Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School Principal, Fran Cummins said as a part of the Year 9 curriculum, students are required to participate in community service.
“Community service enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge, provides them with an opportunity to become active members of their community and allows the students an opportunity to provide a service to those who need it most,” Ms Cummins said.
“The students are also going to make videos and other resources on the common questions that come from these sessions so that those who couldn’t attend can also gain some new skills,” she said.
Council’s Age Friendly Communities Project Officer, Bianca Hurle said the sessions originally scheduled for 6 and 20 August at Mansfield Youth Centre at 7 Erril St, Mansfield have been postponed due to reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions and it is hoped they will be rescheduled once permitted.
Any community members interested in attending are required to complete an Expression of Interest form which can be done at time.
Ms Hurle said members of the Mansfield community aged 55 and over are also invited to sign-up for the Age Friendly Communities’ newsletter to update them on other opportunities that come from this project.
If you require further information, an Expression of Interest form or would like to register to receive the newsletter, please contact Bianca Hurle, Age Friendly Project Coordinator on 57758563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or