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NEW TRICKS: Luke McWha from Coffs Harbour Education Campus helping Clive Coddington from the Boambee Gardens Retirement Village come to terms with Facebook.
NEW TRICKS: Luke McWha from Coffs Harbour Education Campus helping Clive Coddington from the Boambee Gardens Retirement Village come to terms with Facebook.

CLIVE Coddington is connected to a weird and wide new world, and it's all thanks to a student a fraction of his age.

He was among residents at Boambee Gardens Retirement Village who last week took part in the Intergenerational IT program run by the Urunga Neighbourhood Centre, Youth Directions and the Coffs Harbour Senior College.

"The program involves young people sharing their technology skills with seniors and arose from a desire to bring together different generations and encourage young people to share their invaluable skills with the community," the Urunga Neighbour Centre's Vanessa Hogan said.

"The concept began from an initial conversation between Youth Directions and the Urunga Neighbourhood Centre, who then enlisted the help of Youth Directions and the senior college to arrange a team of work placement students to undertake the presentations, as part of their Year 12 information technology work placements."

The students helped develop instructional information that would be easily understandable and then spent another day at the village giving digital presentations and hands-on demonstrations to the residents on technologies such as Facebook and Skype.

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