Burdekin Library hosts technology training sessions for seniors

Burdekin seniors are being encouraged to embrace technology with a series of free training sessions coming to Ideas@108 at Burdekin Library from April.

The Seniors Embracing Technology (SET) workshops will be held on the first Tuesday of every month beginning on 3 April, and follow on from the success of the Tech Savvy Seniors Program in 2017.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council wanted to ensure every senior resident had the opportunity to become tech confident in the digital age.

“Based on the continued demand from our Tech Savvy Seniors Program last year, Burdekin Library has decided to continue running technology classes for seniors,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The classes are suitable for beginners to intermediate technology users, who would like to learn more in a small, friendly training group.”

She said seniors would gain new skills in using computers, the internet, social media and email.

“Participants will learn everything from how to share photos and look up library catalogues online to how to do their banking. Knowing how to stay safe online is essential so the program includes a dedicated session on cyber safety coming up later in the year.”

Cr McLaughlin said computers and the internet could have many benefits, especially for anyone who found it hard to get around.

“If you are online you can talk to friends and family anywhere in the world and even further your education,” she said.

“Come along to these free training sessions and find out how to access all the information you need and things that you are interested in.”

The first session on 3 April will be an ‘Introduction to Computers’.

Participants are asked to being their own laptop and/or tablet and bookings are essential by calling (07) 4783 9970.

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