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ASCCA is pleased to announce it has partnered with Linkwest, peak body for Community Resource and Neighbourhood Centres in Western Australia, along with the Country Women’s Association and Men’s Sheds of WA in order to train additional digital mentors in Western Australia from within the partner organisations.
The partnership was successful in securing a $100,000 grant from The Good Things Foundation’s Be Connected project, an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians, to roll out digital skills training programs which are tailored to the needs of individual communities.
Learning digital skills can be intimidating for many people, but the partnership with these four trusted, community-based, not-for-profit peak bodies, it is expected to reach many more West Australians who will really benefit from increased digital literacy.
The Be Connected initiative enables older people to gain confidence with technology, while at the same time take pleasure from mastering new skills – all while making some new friends and having a good time.”
Jennifer Willcox, Vice President of Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, says through new network building, ASCCA will seek opportunities to support seniors in the area of learning technology and the establishment of affiliated clubs within those groups.
ASSCA has appointed Linda Beard to be another SWADE WA Project Officer and joins Natika, Ursula and Mark in the growing SWADE team.
SWADE WA and NT will be taking part in Get Online Week with separate events hosting our current partner organisations as well as potential new partners via a virtual morning tea! Real Tea bags and Tim Tams will be the order of the day - shared amongst all participants who will be encouraged to share stories of how they utilised the skills learned in their Be Connected tutorials.
ASSCA in its own right was successful in securing additional Good Things Foundation funding to support the ongoing delivery of the Be Connected program that has been running in both Darwin and East Arnhem Land during this current year.
Mark has been providing support to many Clubs and their members in taking on board the Digital Mentoring training while, at the same time, teaching the sometimes tricky use of remote delivery and attendance. ASCCA’s Training Officer, Jean Martin’s online tutorials have been a means to instil further interest among participants.