Helping seniors make the most of technology

MOVING WITH THE TIMES: Long-term volunteers Lesley Holmes and John Hall are working on the new SeniorNet Facebook page. In the background, volunteers Yvonne Moorcroft and Jill Hudson say they get a lot out of their work at SeniorNet. “We are always learning new things and it is very fulfilling to see people reaping the rewards of their new computer knowledge — whether it be using a smart phone, tablet or mastering email,” Mrs Hudson said. Picture by Liam Clayton

Courses to help older people get computer-savvy will begin in Gisborne next week.

SeniorNet Gisborne held an open day recently to give people the opportunity to talk to tutors about upcoming courses.

The first eight-week term will begin on Wednesday (February 7), says SeniorNet secretary Hans Kwak.

The open day was also an opportunity for people interested in joining the SeniorNet volunteer team to find out what is involved.

Mr Kwak says SeniorNet Gisborne relies on volunteers, and is always looking for new recruits.

“Volunteers with the skills and temperament to teach older people would start as assistant tutors.

“We aim for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere so everyone is comfortable.

“We all learn from fellow tutors and students, so tutoring can be enjoyable and enlightening.

“We are very grateful to our supporters, Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club for helping us to help others with computer skills.”

Eight-week courses include Getting Started, Word Processing Level 1 and 2, simple Excel Spreadsheets, Publishing, Internet and Email.

Shorter courses can be available on use of iPads, tablets and smartphones, depending on tutor availability.

There may also be workshops on topics such as creating business cards or on photo restoration.

SeniorNet Gisborne lessons range from single individual sessions to the eight-week courses, with fees varying according to subject.

A SeniorNet annual fee of $30 also entitles members to discounts with sponsors who support the national group.

SeniorNet has operated in New Zealand for more than 25 years as a community training network that supports and motivates people aged 50 and over to enjoy and use technology in their everyday lives.

Volunteer tutors at 74 locations around the country help older people learn how to use technology and, with a 2017 membership of approximately 16,000 people — and 24,444 class and workshop enrolments in 2016 — SeniorNet is the largest technology trainer for seniors in the country.

Courses to help older people get computer-savvy will begin in Gisborne next week.

SeniorNet Gisborne held an open day recently to give people the opportunity to talk to tutors about upcoming courses.

The first eight-week term will begin on Wednesday (February 7), says SeniorNet secretary Hans Kwak.

The open day was also an opportunity for people interested in joining the SeniorNet volunteer team to find out what is involved.

Mr Kwak says SeniorNet Gisborne relies on volunteers, and is always looking for new recruits.

“Volunteers with the skills and temperament to teach older people would start as assistant tutors.

“We aim for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere so everyone is comfortable.

“We all learn from fellow tutors and students, so tutoring can be enjoyable and enlightening.

“We are very grateful to our supporters, Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club for helping us to help others with computer skills.”

Eight-week courses include Getting Started, Word Processing Level 1 and 2, simple Excel Spreadsheets, Publishing, Internet and Email.

Shorter courses can be available on use of iPads, tablets and smartphones, depending on tutor availability.

There may also be workshops on topics such as creating business cards or on photo restoration.

SeniorNet Gisborne lessons range from single individual sessions to the eight-week courses, with fees varying according to subject.

A SeniorNet annual fee of $30 also entitles members to discounts with sponsors who support the national group.

SeniorNet has operated in New Zealand for more than 25 years as a community training network that supports and motivates people aged 50 and over to enjoy and use technology in their everyday lives.

Volunteer tutors at 74 locations around the country help older people learn how to use technology and, with a 2017 membership of approximately 16,000 people — and 24,444 class and workshop enrolments in 2016 — SeniorNet is the largest technology trainer for seniors in the country.

People interested in classes, either as student or tutor, can call Hans at 868 5622, Sheryl at 868 1674 or leave a message at 867 0498.

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