SeniorNet has been resurrected

Getting seniors ready to stream 2019 Rugby World Cup a motivator to keep computer classes going

Getting seniors ready to stream 2019 Rugby World Cup a motivator to keep computer classes going

SENIORNET LIVES ON: The Gisborne branch of SeniorNet will be relaunched next week at the Cosmopolitan Club. Among the volunteers helping older people with computer use will be long-time volunteers Lesley Holmes and John Hall (foreground), with Yvonne Moorcroft and Jill Hudson (at rear). File picture Picture by Liam Clayton

THE days of SeniorNet Gisborne Incorporated are not over after all and a decision has been made to relaunch the computer learning group for older people and introduce new courses.

The volunteer group recently held its annual general meeting, where they heard inspirational advice from SeniorNet Federation Executive Officer Grant Sidaway.

Before the AGM, some concern was expressed that the days of the group might be numbered.

“Grant shared ideas from groups around the country who have successfully met community needs. His inspirational advice prompted us to try the same with the Gisborne group,” said chairwoman Sheryl Northover.

“Helping older people stream video from a device to a television screen in time to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup was another motivator for our volunteers to keep the group going with some new courses.”

A ‘‘question and answer relaunch day’’ will be held in the SeniorNet room at the Cosmopolitan Club between 11am and 1pm on August 14.

“People over 50 can pop up to the room, have a cuppa and chat, ask questions about computing and let the team know what kind of courses they would be interested in,” Mrs Northover said.

“The Gisborne group is open to offering a wider range of courses than has been the case recently.

“Our priorities will be finding out what local people want, training up our volunteers and providing the help that older people need to help them make the most of modern technology.”

The new courses would be shorter than previous ones, she said.

“In the relaunch period over the next few months there will be sessions for sharing tips and tricks, and get to grips with new devices and apps.

“We will work with the national federation to access ideas and training courses for our volunteers.”

Mrs Northover said any older people with an interest in technology and willing to help others were welcome to join the team.

“They will get lots of support and plenty of free training, then they get to share their new knowledge with others.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about SeniorNet Gisborne can contact Sheryl at 868 1674 or email gizzyseniornet@gmail.com

THE days of SeniorNet Gisborne Incorporated are not over after all and a decision has been made to relaunch the computer learning group for older people and introduce new courses.

The volunteer group recently held its annual general meeting, where they heard inspirational advice from SeniorNet Federation Executive Officer Grant Sidaway.

Before the AGM, some concern was expressed that the days of the group might be numbered.

“Grant shared ideas from groups around the country who have successfully met community needs. His inspirational advice prompted us to try the same with the Gisborne group,” said chairwoman Sheryl Northover.

“Helping older people stream video from a device to a television screen in time to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup was another motivator for our volunteers to keep the group going with some new courses.”

A ‘‘question and answer relaunch day’’ will be held in the SeniorNet room at the Cosmopolitan Club between 11am and 1pm on August 14.

“People over 50 can pop up to the room, have a cuppa and chat, ask questions about computing and let the team know what kind of courses they would be interested in,” Mrs Northover said.

“The Gisborne group is open to offering a wider range of courses than has been the case recently.

“Our priorities will be finding out what local people want, training up our volunteers and providing the help that older people need to help them make the most of modern technology.”

The new courses would be shorter than previous ones, she said.

“In the relaunch period over the next few months there will be sessions for sharing tips and tricks, and get to grips with new devices and apps.

“We will work with the national federation to access ideas and training courses for our volunteers.”

Mrs Northover said any older people with an interest in technology and willing to help others were welcome to join the team.

“They will get lots of support and plenty of free training, then they get to share their new knowledge with others.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about SeniorNet Gisborne can contact Sheryl at 868 1674 or email gizzyseniornet@gmail.com

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