Seniors can gain the confidence and skills needed to use new technology through the Australian Government’s Broadband for Seniors initiative.
Since 2008, the Australian Government has committed more than $25 million to provide seniors with free access to computers, the Internet and training at around 2,000 Broadband for Seniors kiosks across Australia.
Kiosks are located in places that seniors regularly visit or that provide existing services, such as community centers, retirement villages, libraries and community clubs.
Over 250,000 of Australia’s seniors have benefited from the guidance and ongoing support provided in a friendly face-to-face environment by volunteer tutors, on topics such as how to email, surf-the-Internet, Skype and how to stay safe online.
Broadband for Seniors is delivered by NEC Australia in partnership with U3A Online, Adult Learning Australia and Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.
For more information, or if you would like to know how to become a volunteer tutor at one of the kiosks, go to the Broadband for Seniors website.
BFS Professional Development
Adult Learning Australia has been supporting the BFS project by conducting a series of webinars that have been specifically designed for the BFS volunteer tutors. You can register your interest in participating by checking out the Upcoming Webinar Sessions. Or you can listen to past Recorded Webinar Sessions.
Upcoming Webinar Session
|Junita Lyon & Katt Matthews||
When: 7 March 2014 1.00–2:30 pm AEDT (Note: Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
Sometimes we underestimate older people’s ability to embrace new technology. This general interest in new technology is reflected in many BFS kiosks around Australia. Volunteer tutors are now finding that more and more seniors are bringing their iPads into the ...
When: 28 March 2014 1.00–2:30 pm AEDT (Note: Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
Volunteers help to keep the BFS program sustainable and viable. But volunteer management can be challenging. It requires effective planning in terms of recruitment, retention and recognition. This session will cover the key aspects of a successful volunteer program in terms ...