Telstra IT grants for seniors

LOCAL community groups who want to introduce seniors to modern-day technologies such as mobile phones and computers can now apply for grant funding.

Telstra Connected Seniors has grants of up to $5000 for local community organisations and up to $50,000 for state and territory organisations.

Eligible community organisations can apply for Telstra Connected Seniors grants at www.telstraseniors.com.au until May 7, 2011.

Telstra Country Wide Area general manager for North Coast NSW, Sue Passmore, said the Telstra Connected Seniors workshops enable older Australians to embrace the digital age and enter a new, exciting communication horizon.

“No-one is ever too old to learn about technology and seniors are always surprised at just how much they can easily do online, like banking, shopping, finding out about new interests and joining social groups,” Ms Passmore said.

“We understand some seniors may be a little apprehensive about using new technology.

"However, the reality is that mobile phones and computers can be simple to use and they open up a whole new world of communication.

“The workshops are conducted by experts in a friendly and comfortable environment where seniors learn specifically tailored skills at their own pace.

“Once seniors have mastered the basics at the workshops, they can then revise their skills and learn other communication skills by accessing the online ‘how to’ guides log at www.telstraseniors.com.au."

Ms Passmore says modern-day technology can help seniors overcome isolation and increase their self-confidence.

“Everyone, no matter their age or background, can learn about modern technology at these workshops and the vast array of advantages they present,” she said.

Not-for-profit community organisations with a primary member base of people age over 60 are eligible to apply at www.telstraseniors.com.au.

Organisations that have previously received grants and successfully completed their training can reapply.



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